True Builders

True Builders

True Builders is a podcast for those looking to discover the secrets of building successful businesses. In each episode, host Josh Withers speaks with founders, CEOs, executives and investors building today's most innovative companies to unearth the guiding truths they attribute to their success. Welcome to True Builders, brought to you by global executive talent platform True.

Episodes

December 20, 2023 1 min
Josh Withers here, the voice behind True Builders. I'm hitting pause on the podcast for now to dive deep into building up the True platform. I was inspired by my guests; this is a time of innovation and inspiration, and I need to capitalize on that now. It's not a goodbye – just a strategic break to be more intentional about my journey.

Not sure where the road leads for True Builders, but I'm excited about what's ahead for me and t...
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In business, success often seems like an elusive trophy reserved for the few who possess extraordinary vision and unshakable determination. But what if we told you that the road to success in the business arena is not as different from the world of athletics as you might think?

Upfront Ventures’ general partner, Kobie Fuller is known for his exceptional vision and determination. He brings a wealth of experience to the table, havin...
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In a world where discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion have taken center stage: How can we move beyond symbolic gestures to create workplaces where everyone genuinely feels valued? Businesses now realize that building a diverse workforce isn't just a moral obligation; it's a strategic game-changer.

Porter Braswell is co-founder and executive chairman of Jopwell, dedicated to helping organizations recruit and hire unde...
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Embark on a journey into the dynamic world of business and tech trends with Rory O’Driscoll, Partner at Scale Venture Partners.

In today's rapidly-evolving business landscape, staying ahead of the curve requires more than just a crystal ball. It demands a deep understanding of the shifting tides, such as the rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing. As CEOs and founders continue to process advice and navigate the co...
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Our interview with Kevin Jones, CEO of Calabrio.

In a world where consumers are more empowered and discerning than ever before, fostering meaningful connections with customers has become non-negotiable.

In this episode, we are excited to be joined by Kevin Jones, the Chief Executive Officer at Calabrio. Kevin is no stranger to the technology services industry. With an impressive portfolio that includes roles at Rackspace, Dell, HP, ...
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Our interview features Jim Rose, the CEO of CircleCI. CircleCI is a leading continuous integration and delivery platform catering to elite engineering teams globally.

The current economic stability of today may seem daunting to some founders looking to launch their own companies. But Jim says now is the best time to start.

“Instability in the market kind of means that the only people that are trying to start companies right now real...
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    Our interview with Mike McDerment, the former CEO of FreshBooks.

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a founder? The journey of starting and running a company is filled with challenges, surprises, and personal growth. It requires finding inspiration, staying close to customers, and balancing operations with a clear vision. As a founder, you have the opportunity to create something meaningful, solve customer problems, and build...
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    August 16, 2023 41 mins
    Our interview with Shalini Rao, partner at TCV.

    In 2021, a dynamic global landscape yielded crucial insights for investors and businesses. Unprecedented events created both opportunities and challenges, stimulating engaging discussions.

    In this episode, we are joined by Shalini Rao. Shalini is an experienced investor and financial specialist who is enthusiastic about supporting technology-driven companies. She has been a crucial part...
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    This episode features Julio Avalos, former chief business and operations officer at GitHub and co-founder of news app Shades.

    Can a company truly thrive with a remote workforce while maintaining a flat management structure? Look no further than GitHub, a trailblazing organization that has not only embraced the challenges of remote work but has redefined the very essence of organizational success.

    In this episode, we are thrilled to ...
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    Have you ever found yourself captivated by the fast-paced world of technology, where innovations seem to materialize overnight, transforming the way we live, work, and connect? The tech industry is a mesmerizing realm, where startups rise and fall, groundbreaking technologies reshape entire industries, and visionary entrepreneurs challenge the boundaries of what is possible. It's a landscape that never ceases to amaze, with its con...
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    In the world of hiring, it's no secret that finding the right match can be as challenging.. attracting and retaining top talent requires finesse, a keen understanding of compatibility, and an unwavering commitment to getting it right.

    In this episode, we speak with Pete Clarke and Paula Judge from Accel, a seed, early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs. We talk about the common them...
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    In this episode, Chris O’Neill, Chief Growth Officer at Xero, and former CEO of Evernote, head of Google Canada, and general manager of Google's moonshot factory, shares his wisdom on finding the opportunities in hard times and his secrets to self-development. He discusses exactly why hiring and onboarding should not be ignored, and why people have to let go of the past and allow company culture to evolve.

    Join us as we discuss:
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    In this episode, Amy Chang, Board of Directors at The Walt Disney Co, Procter & Gamble, SambaNova, shares why storytelling is still so important in today’s business landscape. She also talks about learnings and “unlearnings” throughout her career, and the excitement in knowing that there are lessons ahead for you to learn.

    Join us as we discuss:
    • The rise of AI
    • The art of incorporating data into storytelling
    • Getting excited ab...
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    It’s no secret that starting a business is a big risk, but it’s not the only one on the road to success.

    If you wanna go from zero to hero in the business world, it’s going to take a lot of risks along the way.

    In this episode, Greg Bell shares the risks and rewards he’s seen as Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer throughout Corelight’s remarkable journey to the successful organization it is today.

    Join us as we discuss:
    • Why mone...
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    May 10, 2023 42 mins
    Your career is your personal brand. And if you want to be branded as a leader, then there’s one thing you should always keep in mind.

    You need to be a builder, not a renter.

    So says today’s guest, Doug Merritt, who is putting that philosophy into practice as former CEO at Splunk. In this episode, Doug shares the critical lessons he’s learned navigating a career as a leader in the tech world.

    Join us as we discuss:
    • What drove Doug t...
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    When every decision ties into what’s best for the company, tough choices abound — that means embracing the trial and error of business and managing change and broader turnarounds with precision.

    According to Jay Fulcher — seasoned 3x CEO and Partner at Cheyenne Ventures — connecting purpose with priorities across teams is a critical part of the journey, and the work doesn’t stop there.

    Jay joins the show to discuss the nuances of sh...
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    What do investors say when founders leave the room? Keri Gohman, CEO at CARET, has been both the founder behind the pitch - and the investor on the other side of the table at Bain Capital. She joins the show to reveal the common missteps founders make when dealing with investors. She shares those insider tips and advice on:
    • How to get that first CEO role or board of director seat
    • Why relying on “watercooler talk” is not a good ma...
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    While few things in business are as anxiety-inducing as economic turmoil, the slower pace of business during a downturn can reveal genuine opportunities to strengthen your leadership and the people you lead.

    In this episode, we’re speaking with Steve Rowland, former Chief Revenue Officer at Okta, who shares the insights he’s gained throughout his career and his advice for the leaders facing the challenges of today’s turbulent times ...
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    Great company culture has the power to attract and retain top talent from around the world, while problematic culture drives employees and productivity away.

    But how do you develop, initiate and maintain a culture, especially through massive growth?

    Our guest today, Amy Reichanadter, Chief People Officer at Databricks, shares exactly how her team was able to establish, build and maintain excellent company culture, all while scaling f...
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    As organizations face a more trying economic landscape, one thing is clear: Navigating tough times takes even tougher leaders.

    And tough leaders are those who own their resiliency.

    In this episode, I’m speaking with Alex Shootman, CEO at Alkami, who shares his resiliency story, tips for learning and growing in challenging times and other sage advice for leaders navigating today’s market.

    Join us as we discuss:
    • How to “get it done a...
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