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Eric Harvey, Imagine Careers -- The Open Boardroom Ep. 4

Imagine Careers aims to disrupt the typical job hunting process with a new approach to connecting potential employers and potential employees. Eric and his team are rethinking the traditional job board model to help every stakeholder in the process find deeper, more meaningful common ground.

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Eric Harvey, Imagine Careers — The Open Boardroom Ep. 4

April 21, 2016 • By

Imagine Careers aims to disrupt the typical job hunting process with a new approach to connecting potential employers and potential employees. Eric and his team are rethinking the traditional job board model to help every stakeholder in the process find deeper, more meaningful common ground. Instead of stopping at surface level variables like work history and skills lists, Imagine Careers strives to measure candidate and employer fit on more intrinsic factors like company culture, lifestyle, and work-life balance.

Eric Harvey, co-founder, President and Chief Technical Officer, sat down with me to talk through his team’s vision. Our discussion explores the challenges of competing against established Goliaths in the job board space, the technology behind his platform, and how his own company culture practices what the Imagine Careers platform preaches. Even if your goal isn’t to found a start-up or to build a new piece of software, Eric’s insights into betting big on his dream, finding the right partnerships, and carving an entirely niche in a tightly contested industry are both interesting and educational.

I loved this conversation, and I think you will too.

Josh Mason, Old Soul Tattoo -- The Open Boardroom, Ep. 3

We can all agree that running a business is hard. Making a living from art might be one of the more difficult business ventures to pursue. Josh Mason did just that. The owner of Old Soul Tattoo, Mason has spent most of his life at this point learning and practicing the art of tattoo.

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Josh Mason, Old Soul Tattoo — The Open Boardroom Ep. 3

April 7, 2016 • By

We can all agree that running a business is hard. Making a living from art might be one of the more difficult business ventures to pursue.

But Josh Mason went for it anyway.

The owner of Old Soul Tattoo, Mason has spent most of his life at this point learning and practicing the art of tattoo. He went from shop regular, to apprentice, to full-time tattoo artist, to shop owner. Along the way, he learned about more than making great art. He had to manage inventory, build a brand, find artists, and grow his reputation in a local community from scratch.

Though the world of tattoos might seem removed from what we traditionally think of when we discuss business, the lessons Mason has learned along the way are universal, and the path he took to learn them is a heck of a story.

Bill Sarris, Sarris Candies -- The Open Boardroom Ep. 2

This episode is quite a treat. In the Pittsburgh region, Sarris Candies has forged an incredible reputation for their product and for their brand. In terms of the American dream, the Sarris family has lived it.

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Bill Sarris, Sarris Candies — The Open Boardroom Ep. 2

March 24, 2016 • By

This episode is quite a treat.

In the Pittsburgh region, Sarris Candies has forged an incredible reputation for their product and for their brand. In terms of the American dream, the Sarris family has lived it. Starting his company out of his home Frank Sarris started making chocolates, and candy piece by candy piece he grew his home shop into a thriving store front and production hub.

Colin McMahon, Pittsburgh Comics -- The Open Boardroom Ep. 1

The Open Boardroom podcast was inspired by my insatiable curiosity. I am fascinated by the unique challenges that business owners face within their industries, so I often find myself putting on my journalist hat and conducting informal interviews with the people I meet.

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Colin McMahon, Pittsburgh Comics — The Open Boardroom Ep. 1

March 10, 2016 • By

The Open Boardroom podcast was inspired by my insatiable curiosity. I am fascinated by the unique challenges that business owners face within their industries, so I often find myself putting on my journalist hat and conducting informal interviews with the people I meet. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot from seemingly unrelated business ventures that has changed the way I see the world and helped me to think more creatively about how I run my own businesses.

In the first episode, I sit down with Colin McMahon of Pittsburgh Comics to chat about the state of the comic book industry, what it’s like to own a comic book shop, and what he has learned from running a brick & mortar business for 10 years. As the first episode of The Open Boardroom, I was still figuring out technology and the format, so please forgive some of the interruptions in the podcast (a customer walks in early at one point and later a delivery man crashes the party), but Colin’s story is no less incredible in spite of my own shortcomings.

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If you have any feedback, questions, or requests, please feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help.

Music credits:¬†Song Title: Droplet —¬†Artist: Jeremy L