Category: Entrepreneurs

June 29, 2020 0

Robert F. Smith’s Student Freedom Initiative

By Stephen Callahan

Robert F. Smith is the CEO and chairperson of Vista Equity Partners, founded in 2000. It is a private equity group that specializes in software companies’ investments. Currently, it manages investments worth over $46 billion and has a portfolio comprising of over 50 software firms with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. He attended Cornell for his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering before getting a Master of Business Administration from Colombia. Before founding his company, he worked at Kraft General Foods and Goldman Sachs. read more

June 26, 2020 0

The Stepping Down of TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot Represents the Constant Struggle of Silicon Valley Diversity

By Stephen Callahan

San Francisco’s marketplace recently reported that TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot will be stepping down from leadership. Considering the fact that many tech companies are run by white males, her retirement will have an impact on the amount of diversity in tech company leadership. TaskRabbit was recently purchased by Ikea and will have another successor to take her place as chief executive officer. read more

June 23, 2020 0

David Neal’s Transition from Military Life to Running a Company

By Stephen Callahan

David Neal served in the Australian Army for 13 years. He is the co-founder and the CEO of the Eight Mile Consulting, a company that assists private enterprises with leadership consulting, strategy, change, and project management. Neal’s initial business experience came when he was 14 years; he worked at a liquor store performing duties like stacking shelves and sweeping. The job taught him the power of establishing rapport and talking to people. read more