Say “Hello!” to Jason Spinell. He’s joined us in a new position: Ventures Director. He’ll be managing our relationships with the startup community, helping us develop new ways of doing business with companies in all lifestages, and generally keeping the idea of commercial adventure alive at Undercurrent. Just after earning his MBA at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Jason co-founded Precog, a TechStars alum focused on creating a platform for developers to build and deploy advanced analytics and visualizations. We’re thrilled to have Jason on board.
In the last several years, we’ve spun up several “lab” efforts with our clients. Some of them were more traditional – a new department, new (plus existing) people, special budget, clear mandate, all that – and others looked more like a blended approach. In preparation for a discussion with a new client, Vlad was kind enough to lead a quick info-dump/whiteboard chat that led to an Evernote, that led to the following: 21 thoughts on lab development.
Hey there, Internet. Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to manage a workplace – not the people in it (HR-style) but the environment itself. How do we craft, refine, revise, and grow the best place for our unique brand of thinkers to come together with our clients?
Inspired by some of the best thought around creating exceptional experiences, we’re putting together a team focused on making the reality of Undercurrent as compelling and engaging as possible. We’re looking for people to work on the entirety of what encountering our company means – everything from what it’s like to walk through the front door, to the logistics of our daily workflow.
And we’re searching for some fresh faces and true expertise to help us execute on this vision. We’re looking for senior (five-to-seven years exp.) and more junior people to join our team (three years plus). If you think you (or someone you know), might be right to help UC deliver on our mission of creating an Ever Better Future, read on…
This installment of Five Questions and One Link requires full disclosure: Undercurrent worked with Unpakt to help conceptualize the product and place the key creative and technical partners. But regardless of our personal connection, Unpakt is the disruptive kind a startup we always admire. With the goal of bringing transparency, simplicity and accurate pricing to the arduous process of moving, the service lets users search, compare and book movers online. Daniel Cooke, General Manager of Unpakt, took on this batch of questions.
1) In 140 characters or less, what problem is your company solving?
Finding a great mover and getting pricing is a time-consuming, difficult process. Unpakt is a digital service that makes it fast and easy.
This was not a deliberate experiment. At least, not at first. A summer of funemployment, traveling the world and skating my way through endless Instagram opportunities had me wielding my iPhone at all times. Until one fateful day, I took a tumble off the old plank pusher and the revolutionary/very expensive piece of communications technology broke my fall. My iPhone was sacrificed to the skateboarding gods.