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TakeLessons.com

I have $5,000.00 for YOU

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To: My trusted business network

I have a cool $5,000 for someone – maybe you!

What's the catch?

Our company, TakeLessons, is growing like crazy (another year with over 100% growth in 2011) and we're looking for a rockstar VP of Marketing.

As one of my trusted business associates, I wanted to reach out to you to see if you might know of someone interested in an unbelievable opportunity to make a significant impact on a hot, growing company – and I'll pay you $5,000 for an intro.

Here's what we're looking for. This person has:

– Deep experience leading a consumer internet marketing division.
– Expertise at driving customer acquisition through SEM, SEO, Email, and other forms of digital marketing.
– Ability to lead and grow a team
– Experience driving revenues from $20mm to $100mm
– Experience as a Sr. Director or VP at a well known consumer site/brand is a big plus.
– Experience selling services a big plus

Here's how to earn the $5,000

– Think about people you know who might fit the description – even if they're not looking for a job
– Introduce us
– I'll follow up with them about the opportunity
– If we end up hiring them, I'll write you a check.

 
Here's an email you can cut and paste to send to your contacts:

Hi _________,

A great opportunity for a VP of Marketing just came across my desk and I wanted to share it with you in case you, or someone you know, might be looking to make a career move.

TakeLessons.com is America's leading music lessons company, providing in-person lessons in over 3,000 cities across the USA. They drive their sales online, and the service is delivered by certified teachers in person at the customers' residence or teachers studio.

The company has 93 employees, located in a cool office in downtown San Diego, and  is backed by the same venture capital firms that backed Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, and other internet powerhouses.

They are looking for a rockstar VP Marketing to help take them to the next level of growth and I thought about you. Here's what they are looking for:

Someone that has:
– Deep experience leading a consumer internet marketing division.
– Expertise at driving customer acquisition through SEM, SEO, Email, and other forms of digital marketing.
– Ability to lead and grow a team
– Experience driving revenues from $20mm to $100mm
– Experience as a Sr. Director or VP at a well known consumer site/brand is a big plus.
– Experience selling services a big plus

Full job description at: http://bit.ly/wLqSBl

Let me know if you're interested and I can make a personal intro to Steven Cox, CEO.

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Thanks for all your help! Looking forward to paying someone $5,000!

Steven (at) takelessons (dot) <com>

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San Diego Startup Event: Joe Kraus and Michael Robertson The difference between a big company and a startup

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http://StevenCox.com: Internet celebrities, Joe Kraus and Michael Robertson talk about the difference between working for a company and working at a startup.

This video was shot at the 10x100x100 San Diego Start-Up event in December 2011, hosted by Sweet Labs, with support from TakeLessons, Brightscope, and other San Diego Startups.

The purpose of the event was to showcase 10 San Diego startup companies that have raised $100mm in funding, and looking to hire 100 new people.

 

 

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Steven Cox Interview on Fox 5 News – Finding the Right San Diego StartUp Company to Work For

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http://StevenCox.com. Even with the unemployment rate in San Diego hovering around 10%, the city’s startup scene is bustling with activity and creating new jobs for San Diegans. TakeLessons.com CEO, Steven Cox, talks about the 10x100x100 event where 10 startup companies that have collectively raised over $100 million in venture capital and will be hiring 100 new employees next year.

A lot of technical and web people move to the San Francisco area to find work, but you’re saying there’s work right here and they don’t have to move?
• That’s Right!
• Cheaper to buy and rent housing here than in other hotbeds such as SV, NYC.
• A lot of startups are hiring

What’s it like working for a startup?
• Incredible! Faster pace. Quicker decisions. My startup: http://TakeLessons.com

For College Graduates:
o Instead of making coffee, make a difference.
o No cogs in the wheel
o Chance to work on things at a young age — (BEST BUY example)

For Senior people
o A chance to take your knowledge and build something you’re proud of.
o Make a positive, lasting impact.
o Grow leaders underneath you.
o Potential stock upside

Everyday, I wake up thankful that I get to go to work.
o Focused on building the new sort of company.
• A company with a conscious.
• A company that makes more than money, it makes a positive difference.
o Awesome people all focused on building a great company.
o Super laid-back dress code.
o No politics.

A lot of young Internet companies didn’t make it in the dotcom crash. What should a job prospect consider when looking at startups?

Not all startups are created equal.
• Management — is there adult supervision? People who have built and ran companies before.
• Culture — Do they have a strong sense of purpose, yet flexible enough to change on a dime.
• Funding — are they well-funded. http://CrossLinkCapital.com
• Product or Service — is it something that truly adds value to people’s lives?

What type of jobs do startups hire for and what tips do you have on landing a job there?
• Big focus on Software engineering, product management and developmet, IT
• Marketing, Sales, Customer Support, Finance, HR

Tell us a little bit about the 10 x 100 x 100 event.
• StartupsAreBetter.com
• 6pm Dec 1 at Sweet Labs (http://sweetlabs.com)
Joe KrausGoogle Ventures focused on mobile, gaming, local services
Michael Robertson — SD Local tech hero. MP3.com
• Focused on engineering and product talent

More information can be found at these sites:
http://10x100x100 and http://StevenCox.com

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