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Keith Smith and Brad Feld, “Thank You” for believing in HR

Brad Feld, I’m not worthy!

Brad Feld’s reputation precedes him

I only recently met Brad Feld and have known Keith Smith for a number of years. This is a long time in coming, but I just wanted to give Big Up’s, a  proper shout out and thanks to a couple of guys I really respect. I was recently asked by Brad Feld for some thoughts on my personal Interviewing Philosophy and in typical Brad Feld graciousness, he posted them on his blog (Yes the highlight of my career)  Needless to say, I was flattered to be asked by a guy like Brad who has specific thoughts on the role of VP of People, the value of employees, and building teams. In the immortal words of Bill and Ted “I’m not worthy!”

More and more, investors are looking at the people side of companies starting out and building for scale, and this perception is changing because of vocal leaders like Brad Feld.

Gentleman, thank you. Keith, for giving me a chance and believing in HR as an important role when it comes to building companies and listening to HR at the executive level.  Brad, thank you for believing in BigDoor, the team, your counsel, and of course reinforcing the value of HR. (Driving a ton of traffic to this blog doesn’t go unnoticed either).

The blog post was picked up by the WSJ and FastCompany and a few other notables that wouldn’t have been possible without either of these two guys.

Human Resources is often looked at as the scourge of a business, but these two guys get it.

Gentleman,  Thank You and see you at the after party,


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