...finding exceptional talent
The “I know a guy” approach of legacy search firms is outdated in our world of ever expanding startups, and most of all, from a D&I perspective.
Executives with specialized knowledge are hard to hire and at record low unemployment, they're hard to keep. Additionally, over 50% of executives fail within 18 months. - Harvard Business Review
The cost of a bad hire is not just in the salary, but in lost time, lagging morale, and missed objectives.
Trey has immersed himself in the world of startups for over fifteen years as a founder of a rich media startup, an angel investor, and an executive recruiter. From 2005 to 2014, he founded and exited Music Interactive, a rich media company focused on the digital music business. After his exit, his attention broadened to many areas of emerging technology such as foodtech, Bitcoin, cleantech, and more. Looking to work with a wide variety of emerging companies, he switched careers in 2015 to executive recruiting. He became a Partner at Safire Partners, the most active executive recruitment firm in Southern California, placing over 100 execs at high growth startups across consumer, SaaS, digital media, and other areas. In 2018 he moved back to his hometown of Nashville and founded Position.Trey is a graduate from Vanderbilt University.
Michelle is an astute professional with over 10 years of experience in established and early-stage startups. She has a vast background in organizational and operational support in education, nonprofit, and consumer goods. As a results-driven team collaborator, she works to identify and launch new technologies to improve business functionality, output and processes, while also creating strategical tools to help teams execute critical business fundamentals towards company goals/objectives. Michelle is the spouse of a retired military veteran and has been blessed to see many parts of the world. She currently resides in the St. Louis area with her family.
Startups have fragmented most every industry with new challenger brands rising up every day. Some of them get acquired by the incumbents, some fail, and some become the new guards of their industry.
All startups face unique challenges due to internal and external dynamics, marketing positioning, funding, timing, location, and more. Learning the stories of these evolving companies means understanding the people who built them, how they organized themselves, and the challenges they overcame.