Apartment List, Vertical Brands, Inc., ChatSports.com
I want to change the world.
Uber, Optimizely, Offerslot, Taskrabbit
Recruiting world class caliber teammates is both the hardest and most rewarding part of my job.
Assuming revenue is something they can "figure out later."
1) People are everything
2) It's a marathon, not a sprint
3) Vision is evolutionary
John Kobs is the co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based start up Vertical Brands which owns the Webby Award-winning #1 apartment search engine ApartmentList.com. He is also the chairman of the board and co-founder of ChatSports.com, a social news platform for sports fans. Kobs is a recovering finance geek who came to Silicon Valley from TICC Capital where he focused on technology investing. Prior to TICC, John was an investment banker at both Thomas Weisel Partners and KeyBanc Capital Markets. He is on the leadership council of the non-profit program Year Up, which aims to close the opportunity divide by giving low-income young adults top internships, job training and improved higher education. Kobs is also on the board of directors of the alumni association of his alma mater Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Finance. He is a Cleveland native and a die-hard fan of his hometown teams.