In Chapter 16 of 19 in her 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, non-profit executive Kyung Yoon discusses how a highly functioning and committed board of directors provides financial management and sets strategic vision for the organization. She notes how her organization is more effectively recruiting potential board members. Kyung Yoon is the executive director of the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) in New York City. An award-winning journalist and documentary film producer.
In Chapter 9 of 13 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, data analytics expert Ken Rona answers "What Do You Enjoy Most About Telling Stories with Data?" Coming from an academic background, Rona finds delivering game changing moments a highlight in his work. By using business analytics and data, Rona can come across something new and create that game changing analysis that changes strategy at scale and creates very large bottom line impact.
In Chapter 12 of 15 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, community builder and entrepreneur Fabian Pfortmüller notes how his role at Sandbox Network is evolving away from daily operational sales and marketing tasks and more toward higher level strategic responsibilities. He also notes how he is continuing to find new hats to wear at Holstee as the company grows and brings on staff to handle jobs and tasks he has managed to date. Pfortmüller is co-founder of the Sandbox Network and HOLSTEE.
In Chapter 14 of 20 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Carrot Creative social media agency CEO Mike Germano answers "How Are Progressively Longer-Term Client Relationships Changing How You Do Business?" Germano notes how he learns to appreciate the possibilities that come with longer-term client relationship. Over time, as client relationships become longer term and projects more strategic, Germano uses the increasing commitments to build company infrastructure to support business growth.
In Chapter 11 of 21 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, design educator Jon Kolko notes how his creative toolbox progressively includes "grown up" tools. He notes these are more about talking and less about making, for example facilitation tools and those that help drive large organizational and strategic change. He contrasts this to the design or maker skills so fundamental to his early career experiences. Jon Kolko the founder and director of the Austin Center for Design.
In Chapter 12 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Problems Are You Trying to Solve to Grow Your Business?" He notes how product market fit is no longer a problem - the market has been established and the product has been validated. As his company has grown from 15 to 60 employees, he faces new challenges with talent acquisition and employee retention. From honing strategic hiring practices to improving the Indiegogo talent development cycle.
In Chapter 15 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "At This Point in Your Life, Where Are You Seeking Advice and Coaching?" McKenzie looks for support that will help him better plan longer-term strategy for his organization. He finds support from his Duke business school network as he sets up a board of advisors to help the business grow. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder and Global Curator of Influencer Conference.
In Chapter 7 of 20 in her 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, social entrepreneur Courtney Spence answers "What Problems Are You Trying to Solve to Grow Your Nonprofit Organization?" Spence learns to use business decision-making skills more to understand how to operate Students of the World as a sustainable business. This includes being comfortable making decisions that are not black and white, including needing to layoff staff and form a strategic partnership with Participant Media.
In Chapter 15 of 22 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, innovation strategist Hammans Stallings notes the importance of showing clients a visible example. Comparable businesses, or business analogs, are great examples Stallings uses to educate clients in the strategic presentation process. This is Hammans Stallings' Year 2 CYF interview. Stallings is currently a Senior Strategist at frog design. Previously he worked in business strategy at Dell and investment banking at Stephens.