Entrepreneur & Bestselling Author
Chris Yeh is a respected Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and writer. He is a co-author with LinkedIn founder/chairman Reid Hoffman and bestselling author Ben Casnocha of the New York Times bestselling book The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which sprang from their article in Harvard Business Review entitled Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact. He has been blogging since 2001, both on his personal blogs and as a guest author in outlets like TechCrunch, Mashable, and VentureBeat, and has written over 2,000 posts on topics ranging from the psychology of entrepreneurship to achieving happiness in Silicon Valley.
In addition to his writing, Chris has founded, funded, or advised over 50 startups, including Ustream, the world’s leading live video platform. Chris earned two Bachelor’s degrees with distinction from Stanford University (Product Design Engineering and Creative Writing) and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.
If you want to recruit, train, and retain the best people for your company, understand this: the old employer employee compact is dead. Stability doesn’t rule. In today’s entrepreneurial age, the best employees are not pledging lifelong loyalty to your company. Instead, they want to be “entrepreneurial” at work — and they’ll readily leave if they don’t feel like they are growing personally and professionally.
Don’t shy away from this reality; embrace it. Entrepreneurial employees drive business success. These are the creative, adaptive superstars who make your company adaptive. Learn from Silicon Valley, which has long nurtured this kind of talent via a different sort of HR strategy.
In a seminar based on his forthcoming book from Harvard Business Review Press, bestselling author and Chief of Staff to LinkedIn founder/chairman Reid Hoffman, Ben presents a revolutionary way to make a new people pact work for your company. You will learn:
How to create a mutually beneficial relationship between your company and employees that’s based on reciprocity – a two-way flow of value.
• How to craft 2-4 year “tours of duty” with your key employees that ultimately boosts retention.
• Why it’s a good thing for your employees to keep their LinkedIn profiles up-to-date.
• The surprising importance of a “corporate alumni network” — and how to form one for your own
• The little things that Netflix, Amazon, LinkedIn and others do to support entrepreneurial employees who
want to take risks, grow their network, and build their personal brand while working a 9-5 job.
Every adaptive company has a 21st century talent and HR strategy. Ben presents a bold guide for building your own.
In this program will discuss the lessons he has learned from shepherding startups for the past 19 plus years. He will cover strategies for marketing a product “pre-startup” and follow up marketing strategies like “The 7 steps to prelaunch marketing,” dealing with investor uncertainty, drip marketing and much more.
You can’t replicate Silicon Valley, but you can learn from it. In the startup ecosystem entrepreneurs are the essential element and everyone else is a provider. Only one out of every ten companies will go on to receive investor funding and only one in ten of those will become a hit. So against this backdrop how does an entrepreneur become successful, remain successful and keep his or her sanity? Book Chris Yeh for your next seminar and get some sound advice from an entrepreneur with a proven track record.