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The People-Focused Venture Capitalist with Susan Alban

Susan Alban is an operating partner at Renegade Partners where she advises startup founders on how to grow and build great teams. Join Liz as she talks to Susan about why she believes that great employment outcomes create great financial returns and how to build and retain those teams in today’s hyper-competitive job market.

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Third Act Podcast

Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The People-Focused Venture Capitalist with Susan Alban

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Susan Alban tells her career story to date in three chapters: Chapter 1 at McKinsey where she honed core skill sets, Chapter 2 as an operator in multiple Silicon Valley companies, and now in Chapter 3 where she’s found a love for HR and all things people as an Operating Partner at Renegade Partners.

Today, Susan advises startup founders on how to grow and build the best teams because she believes that great employment outcomes create great financial returns. Susan is also a thought leader in the field of People, writing frequently on LinkedIn and Twitter as well as for other publications.

On today’s podcast, she talks with Liz about how she’s pivoted through her three career chapters and offers terrific advice on how to think about employment trends and retaining people in today’s hypercompetitive market.

2:37 Decoupling location from pay
6:53 Chapter 1: McKinsey
12:03 Chapter 2: Uber Eats to Zumer – learning to be an operator
21:39 Chapter 3: Finding Renegade Partners
24: 52 Current hiring trends
28:31 Total rewards trends
31:12 Employers filling the social safety net
36:40 What’s ahead in Chapter 4

You can find Susan Alban on LinkedIn on Twitter at @susanwolff. Learn more about Renegade Partners on their website.

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