Invest Your Time In Finding a Mentor

May 13, 2019

My life changed forever on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013.

One day, out of the blue my friend Nick Seguin introduced me to Robert Hatta, a Venture Capitalist in Columbus.

Robert and I talked shortly after the introduction and said, “Nick tells me that that you’re the #1 recruiter in Ohio. We need to meet this afternoon.”

I cleared my schedule and met him that afternoon at a Starbucks on the East side of Cleveland.

I’ll never forget that day.

Robert drilled me with questions for hours.

Why are you different?

Why don’t you have a team?

Why are you so good?

What types of roles do you work on?

How do you evaluate candidates?

What makes someone great for a startup?

After the meeting, he set me up with one company: CrossChx, a healthcare startup.

This was Drive's very first investment.

We had to make the most of the opportunity.

I sent Sean Lane, the CEO at CrossChx, 6 stand out software engineering candidates in 3 business days.

They ended up hiring 3 of them.

One of which became CrossChx’s Chief Technology Officer.

IPS has hired 30+ people for CrossChx over the years.

Robert has become a phenomenal mentor and a dear friend of mine over the last 5 years.

Find a mentor.

Invest your time in helping your mentor any way you can.

Give, give, give.

There is nothing of greater value than meaningful relationships built on trust, dependability, and partnership.