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Be a Student of the Game: The Secrets of Startup Success. Sam Decker

Sam Decker (@samdecker) is an experienced start-up executive and advisor who has worked at iconic tech companies like Apple. Sam was the founding CMO at Bazaarvoice, founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast) and recently founded the digital optimization company, clearhead. However, it turns out there is a very low-tech way Sam accomplishes so much. He’s learned the secret for startup success is to simply “get uncomfortable.” As you’ll learn, this practice has helped Sam push himself to start new companies and fill the gaps of knowledge. In this episode, we also …

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Unlocking the sense of destiny within your team

TIM HAWKS – PART ONE  Everyone on your team is connecting to something. Some connect to their paycheck. Others connect to a title or their influence. What if you could connect them to their sense of destiny? That’s the challenge and approach our podcast guest, Tim Hawks, takes with his organization. Tim is the head of an organization that inspires over 7,000 people around a common mission, vision and goal. Tim is the head pastor at Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, Texas. Before you stop reading, I encourage you …

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Management Framework: what’s your plan to operationalize the strategy?

GENE AUSTIN – BAZAARVOICE – PART TWO Today, we continue our conversation with Gene Austin, the CEO of Bazaarvoice. In the last episode, Gene talked about the unique aspects of being the CEO of a publicly traded company. He also talked about the view from the other side of tough decisions. Gene also said he’s the least likely CEO to have a Chief Operating Officer, due to his very operational approach. Today, we discuss how Gene conducts his one-on-ones and the operational cadence he uses to focus the business. He describes …

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Hurry up and make the tough decisions. Lessons from Gene Austin

GENE AUSTIN – CEO – PART ONE We’ve talked to startups, financial institutions, and even dads. What about a company that has graduated from the startup stage to being publicly traded? How is this different? How is this the same? If you were ever curious about how managing and leading a company changes as it grows, this episode is for you. Today’s guest is Gene Austin, the former CEO of Bazaarvoice and current CEO of Quorum Software. If you’ve shopped online, you have probably used Bazaarvoice and didn’t know it. Bazaarvoice is behind many …

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How giving leads to growth

PAUL TRYLKO, PRESIDENT & CEO, AMPLIFY CREDIT UNION Giving back seems like the trendy thing to do these days. Consider the success of Tom’s or Warby Parker. However, giving back isn’t just a trendy thing to do. It the only way to grow a business according to our guest today, Paul Trylko, President & CEO of Amplify Credit Union. Even though Amplify Credit Union is not-for-profit, their mission is still based around a triple bottom line: serving the community, the credit union members and employees. Amplify is a member-owned financial cooperative with …