Stratus Media, True Measure, Inc., Dial Concepts
My own companies
I'm bursting with ideas!
LinkedIn for becoming an incredible resource, Zappos for it's uncanny customer service
One of the things that frustrates me the most is having progress held up by others outside the company that can't, or won't, move at the speed we are moving at. I find it incredibly rewarding to have a measure of responsibility for giving individuals careers and personal growth experiences as well as having a positive influence of partners and customers.
Fear! Allowing fear to crowd out innovation and stifle creativity. It's ironic that most entreprenuers overcome fear just to step out on their own when there's nothing to lose. Then when things are moving along, and there is something to lose, they become hesistant to take risk and wind up missing opportunities to advance their business.
1. It's the people. I'll take someone who fits the culture and has the ability to grow into a position over a "so-called" superstar that disrupts the team and demands all the attention.
2. Discernment. I'm talking about keen discernment in everything from hiring to knowing what the focus of the business needs to be. Surround yourself with as many wise advisers as you need in order to help evaluate critical decisions and pick the best possible option(s).
3. Persistence is critical. There are so many things that happen in the life of a business that either seem like, or really are, death's door for the company. Once again, having mentors, whose own experience you can lean on, is invaluable. Never give up, BUT, also recognize when it is time to change course.
Glenn Felty, a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, and long time resident of Venezuela, founded Stratus Media as President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2002. He led a successful launch of the Company by identifying and pursuing new opportunities within Stratus Media's two core businesses, national radio media sales and program representation. Felty assembled a talented executive team that oversaw the continued growth of the company and introduced new revenue opportunities, including integrated sponsorship sales, online media and technology services.
Previously, Felty spent 16 years as a sales executive with the last 10 years in radio sales, most noted for his role as Vice President of a leading radio sales organization where he helped increase radio sales ten fold. Felty worked closely with the company's president and CEO to develop corporate business strategies and guide the future direction of the company. In this capacity, Felty was, among other things, responsible for building and staffing the sales department, and defining corporate system initiatives.
Glenn currently works as Director of Business Development for iSnap, a social media marketing company based around the leading social photo station with the ability to generate social media growth, email opt in, consumer engagement and consumer to consumer marketing.