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Chicago:Blend Spotlight Series: Option Pool Strategy

Highly motivated employees are a critical driver to support founders in the growth of the business. So how do you incentivize talent at a startup? Teams are a critical component to business growth. When talented people are in the right roles with the proper incentives, startups are poised for success. Option pools help drive companies forward, which leads to better results for everyone involved.

Talent and HR Guide

HPA’s Talent and HR Resource Guide During COVID-19

HPA recently created a resource guide that aggregated information on finance assistance and business operations. Meanwhile, we continued to monitor news and developed this secondary resource guide that focuses on HR and talent topics, decisions and best practices.  Due to the financial impacts of the pandemic, companies are having to make tough business decisions. As […]

John Higginson

Video Games, a Single Mom, and “Brilliant Assholes”: How this CTO Became a Successful Tech (and Diversity) Leader

Get to know John John Higginson is the CTO at Enova, a large publicly-traded Chicago FinTech company that’s extended over $20B in credit to customers worldwide. At Enova, John is responsible for driving the company’s technology strategy to leverage advanced digital experiences and data science to deliver on its mission to help hard-working people access […]

July 18, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Anjoo Rai-Marchant

Why This Executive Challenges Startups to Get Engineers in Front of Customers

Getting to know Anjoo Anjoo Rai-Marchant served as the COO at HighGround, which was acquired last year by YouEarnedIt. With her combination of business and technical acumen, she currently advises companies and entrepreneurs in addition to serving as an independent board member of SciArt Software, a company focused on generative design. With over 20 years […]

May 23, 2019 By Heidi Craun
David Nelson

How This Successful Self-Taught Engineer and Repeat Founder Approaches Success

Getting to know David David Nelson has started and scaled three startups, most recently Motion AI, a software platform to help businesses create chatbots and develop their conversational strategy. Motion AI was acquired by HubSpot in 2017, and today David works on the company’s product team. He’s also an active member of HPA and invests […]

April 22, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Susan Whiting

How this Executive Applies Her Startup Expertise to Help Rewrite Women’s History

Getting to know Susan Now retired from her role as the Vice Chair of market research giant Nielsen, Susan Whiting has helped organizations grow for 35+ years by leveraging her experience in operating, leadership, data analytics, marketing, and media. She now serves in Board and Executive Advisory roles and works with senior leadership at publicly-traded, […]

March 28, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Kenny Tsai

Early UBER Leader Shares Insights on Executing as an Entrepreneur

Getting to Know Kenny An expert in mobility and two- and three-sided marketplaces, Kenny Tsai was an early employee and director/General Manager at Uber, where he led various business units such as Uber Freight and Uber’s rides in the Central U.S. Leveraging what he learned at Uber, Kenny became the COO of JUMP, which he […]

February 28, 2019 By Heidi Craun
Amanda Lannert

Dreaming Big with One of Chicago’s Most Successful CEOs

Getting to Know Amanda If you haven’t met Amanda Lannert, you should. She is the CEO of Jellyvision — which makes ALEX and is one of Chicago’s most successful tech companies. Beyond her own entrepreneurial success, however, Amanda invests in the success of emerging entrepreneurs as well. She invests in startups through HPA, where she serves as […]

January 31, 2019 By Heidi Craun