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SSE Labs is pleased to hear that we have been featured in several major press outlets recently including TechCrunch, WSJ, BusinessWeek, and The Next Web. Check out each of the articles below:
SSE Labs has several EIRs, or Entrepreneurs in Residence, working out of our AOL office space. Every so often, the EIRs give office hours to the companies currently in our program, advising them on issues that the EIRs have encountered during their entrepreneurial endeavors. Today, Loki and Crowdbooster gave our current companies advice and shared entrepreneurial war-stories.
Today, we had a rockstar group of UX advisors come in to give our companies hands-on UX advice with their products. Thank you Sam Schillace (Founder at Restartle), Rebecca Sinclair (IDEO), and Katja Battarbee (IDEO) for coming in to our Enterprise conference room.
“Supreet Oberoi brings extensive design and product engineering skills in developing Enterprise
systems and software. Before joining RTI, Supreet was responsible for the development of Agile Software’s strategic product line, while also managing platinum accounts. Supreet started his career at Microsoft Corporation in the Multimedia System groups. At Oracle Corporation, he held various technical and line-management positions over a seven-year period developing web-based Enterprise applications for the CRM and Server Technology divisions. Supreet was also a founding member and director of Engineering for Trading Dynamics, which was acquired by Ariba for $740 million. He has patents in customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management and product lifecycle management (PLM).” (RTI Speaker Biographies Webpage)
Supreet Oberoi visited us today to give a Company Culture Workshop. Supreet gave an amazing workshop, as he spoke to our entrepreneurs about developing a company’s vision and values. Supreet spoke of how vision encompasses such questions as what an organization looks like, how big is it, what they are famous for, how do people who work at the company feel about their jobs, and several other questions. Additionally, Supreet spoke of creating a correct vision requiring introspection, defining values, and identifying a mission of higher good. We thank Supreet for his time and helping our companies answer such important questions.
We had an awesome workshop with Peter Cohan, a Demo Guru, who gave our companies a talk about creating and delivering compelling software demonstrations. Thank you Peter!
The objective of the workshop was to help companies “Establish a framework, including skills and processes, to create and deliver improved software demonstrations and increase success in the sales and deployment of your organization’s software products.” You may find more at his website: http://www.secondderivative.com/
A short bio:
“Peter Cohan is the founder and principal of The Second Derivative, focused on helping software organizations improve their sales and marketing results – primarily through improving organizations’ demonstrations.”
We would like to thank Dan for coming in for office hours with our companies today. These chats have been consistently helpful for our companies and we look forward to doing more.
From the Accel website:
“Dan joined Accel in 2010 and focuses on early stage investments. Prior to joining Accel, Dan founded chart.io, a Y Combinator-backed company specializing in visualizing data. Before chart.io Dan was at TechCrunch where he conducted industry research and published quarterly reports about industry trends, funding and M & A.
Dan graduated from Yale University, where he was a sprinter on the track team. He now lives in Palo Alto, California.”
Brian leads the firm’s efforts in new business development. Prior to founding Algentis, Brian focused on high tech and biotech sales at ProService, an HR services firm. Previously, he worked in business development and sales at Xoom, an online money transfer startup in San Francisco. Brian also spent time as a private equity investor with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and General Atlantic. At General Atlantic, he focused on IT services businesses and had oversight responsibility for the investment in ProPay, an HR services firm. Brian began his career as an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney. He is a certified PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and a former CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
Brian Helmick, founder of employee administration service Algentis, ran a Management and HR workshop for our companies. Brian gave very useful advice on the hiring and firing process, as well as knowledge regarding performance evaluations and management. A couple of the key takeaways can be found below:
1. Hire slowly in identifying and interviewing good candidates, but fire quickly in performance evaluations, determining when to coach vs. when to fire, and termination discussion/process.
2. Use a quarterly review process and score people accordingly – determine when to coach vs. when to fire. Know that nobody ever complains about firing somebody too quickly, and an underperformer is incredibly costly.