Links to Leadership – June 2015

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Links to Recent Articles On Executive Leadership For Builder Leaders & their Investors
June 2015

BSG Team Ventures is dedicated to thought leadership on topics of interest and relevance to executives who are building their companies, and the investors who invest in them. We call these executives Builder Leaders – and this is the talent in which we specialize on behalf of our clients.

There is a tremendous amount of research being published on leadership, and our goal is to curate that material and share it within our community. For ease of browsing, we have provided a list of sources, and we have categorized the articles.

Feel free to forward this to other leadership peers, executives in portfolio companies, or investors who may have interest in staying current on the latest thinking in these areas.

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EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Senior Vice President of Program Development | InsideTrack

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Senior Vice President of Program Development

Reports To: CEO
Location: San Francisco, CA
Website: InsideTrack


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Reporting directly to the CEO, the SVP Program Development will lead the InsideTrack sales team with responsibility for growing company revenue, developing sales strategy and aligning sales structure and tools. S/he will continue to successfully grow the sales team through mentorship, training and managing while maintaining a hands-on, direct selling role.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

BSG Team Ventures completes Boston search for Senior Vice President, Client Engagement for The Yacobian Group

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The Yacobian Group

The Yacobian Group - Blueday

BSG Team Ventures has recruited Amin Shahidi to join the leadership team at The Yacobian Group. He will be serving as its SVP, Client Engagement, bringing over 25 years of high-impact consulting in guiding world-class clients towards successful deployment of strategic initiatives and achieving bottom line results. Since 1995, Amin has focused on engagements within the Consumer Goods and Retail Industries.

Prior to joining Yacobian Amin Shahidi served as Hewlett Packard’s Vice President/General Manager for Walmart and before that, VP of its Retail and Consumer Industries group. Earlier in his career he served in leadership roles with leading consulting firms such as BearingPoint and Kurt Salmon Associates. He holds a Master’s in Engineering from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse.

About The Yacobian Group

The story of The Yacobian Group starts and ends with an unparalleled passion for retail. Twenty plus years from inception, The Yacobian Group holds the biggest unlock for the retail industry’s brick and mortar stores. With its intellectual property, patented methodology, enterprise wide software, and coaching curriculum, The Yacobian Group is the de facto (and only) leader who has engineered the people side of retail to help clients achieve Blueday TM results.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Chief Financial Officer | Focus Products Group

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Focus Products Group

Focus Products Group International, LLC.


Focus Products Group International is a leading supplier of branded consumer and professional housewares, small-wares, bath, furniture slip covers and electric products to the retail, and hospitality sectors in North America.

Headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, about 20 miles north of Chicago, Focus Products Group was founded in 2001 and has grown primarily through acquisitions. More recently, Focus has changed its business strategy away from growth through acquisition to growth through new product development. The company has brought strong design and product management teams in-house, allowing the team to bring exciting new products to our customers.

With proven brands, product development capabilities, and new partnerships in place, along with a skilled and growing team, Focus Products Group is well-positioned for long-term growth.

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Serves as both the finance lead for the company and key interface with Private Equity Group. This role is both “hands-on” yet plays a critical business partner role with the CEO of the business.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

EXECUTIVE SEARCH | Head of Product | Large Hedge Fund

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Large Hedge Fund
Head of Product


The company is one of the leading investment companies that has succeeded in beating global markets for more than 20 years through innovation—in financial models, management models, culture and values. The hedge fund’s investing thesis is focused on “global macro”– using fundamental data, and logical economic relationships, to trade a broad basket of asset classes. Founded more than 30 years ago by the Founder & Chief Investment Officer, the Company has risen to be one of the most respected investing firms in buy-side financial services, managing more than $170 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations. The Company has 1,000 employees and is based in Connecticut.

Does this sound like the opportunity for you? Read on… here!

BSG Team Ventures completes Boston search for Senior VP, Global Operations of PRISYM ID

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BSG Team Ventures has recruited Michael Smith to join the leadership team at Prisym ID. He will be serving as the Senior Vice President of Global Operations, bringing to the company over 20 years of product management and software development experience from various technology and SaaS organizations.

Prior to PRISYM ID, Smith served as Vice President of SaaS Development & Operations at Dynatrace, a performance management software company whose tools provide user experience analysis that efficiently identifies performance issues.

Before that he spent over 4 years at Applied Materials, Inc, serving as the Managing Director of Software Products.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, and received his MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing from Boston University.

PRISYM ID designs and delivers turn-key labeling solutions for organizations that need complete product auto-identification and lifecycle traceability. PRISYM ID empowers its clients to safeguard their reputation and significantly reduce costs by eliminating recalls through labeling errors.


BSG Team Ventures completes Boston search for Chief Executive Officer of Win-911

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BSG Team Ventures has recruited Greg Jackson to join the leadership team at Win-911. He will be serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, bringing a blend of more than 21 years experience and achievements in international sales, business development, operations, and product/solution development.

Prior to WIN-911, Jackson served as VP of Sales and Marketing at Linestream, a leading provider of embedded software for automation control.

Before that, Jackson served as President of Pavilion Technologies for 8 years, where he guided the commercialization of the company’s advanced control technology, leading to the company’s acquisition by Rockwell Automation.

About Win-911
WIN-911 Software was founded in 1974 in response to the growing field of process control automation, beginning by manufacturing alarming hardware devices for automated machinery. In 1993, the company launched the now widely-known WIN-911 line of software products and has become the recognized industry leader in alarm notification software.


edBurst – June 2015

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edBurst Update
A Newsletter for Education Leaders
Mary Axelson, Editor

This Update is revised regularly.
Current articles have been added (at the top) as older articles are dropped (from the bottom).
We encourage you to forward to others in your organization.


BSG Team Ventures Partner Susan Hawkins to speak at ACG Panel: “Creating a More Valuable Business”

Our very own Susan Hawkins will be speaking at a panel next week to discuss immediately actionable steps that you can take to grow your company.

It looks like you can still register here!

See event details below.


BSG Team Ventures Completes Boston Search for Director, Channel Sales of Powerhouse Dynamics


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BSG Team Ventures has recruited Jason Hammond to join the leadership team at Powerhouse Dynamics. Hammond joins the executive team as Director of Channel Sales, bringing to the company 20 years of sales and channel sales experience from various software and SaaS organizations.

Prior to joining the team at Powerhouse Dynamics, Jason spent over 7 years at Brainshark, a Massachusetts based Technology Company that provides companies with a sales enablement platform to help them improve sales effectiveness and productivity. In the past, Jason has held a number of sales and management positions at various technology companies such as PCi Corporation, Lexign, Habama, Lotus and IBM.

Jason earned his BS in Management from Clarkson University.

About Powerhouse Dynamics

Powerhouse Dynamics is a technology firm that was founded in 2008 with the mission to deliver tools to help small commercial buildings manage their electricity usage and eliminate wasteful energy consumption. Since then, the company has expanded its focus to provide cloud based analytic systems across thousands of locations to help commercial facilities with effective energy and asset management.


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