Entrepreneurial Luncheon with Rick Marini, CEO of BranchOut

Founding Team and First Three Hires: A discussion with Rick Marini, CEO of BranchOut
Wednesday, November 14th
Microsoft Offices
San Francisco


We've heard it before: building a successful startup is all about recruiting and motivating great people. Finding the right co-founder and hiring your first few employees can make or break a startup. What are the key qualities you should look for and how can you avoid the perils that have tripped up other entrepreneurs? Join us for a discussion with Rick Marini, Founder and CEO of BranchOut, as we explore issues including:

  • Most important skill sets and personal qualities in a co-founder
  • Negotiating equity splits and terms
  • Business disagreements and conflict resolution
  • Recruiting, closing, and motivating your first employees
  • Common mistakes and pitfalls

Wednesday, November 14th
Microsoft Offices
835 Market Street, Suite 700
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Directions on how to find the Microsoft building: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/escience/visit.aspx 

SF State parking/transport: http://www.sfsu.edu/~downtown/rental/parking.htm


Contact: Brian Hoskins @ bhoskins@mba2003.hbs.edu

$25 HBSA/NC member, $45 non-members

Rick's bio http://rickmarini.com/bio


Rick Marini has been a pioneer in online social media for more than 10 years. Rick is the Founder & CEO of BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook, with millions of users. On BranchOut, users leverage their Facebook friend network to find jobs, source sales leads, recruit talent, and strengthen relationships with professional contacts. BranchOut also operates the largest job board on Facebook with more than 3 million jobs and 200,000 internships.

Before starting BranchOut, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a social entertainment site that produced Facebook apps and social games. Clients included world-class companies including CBS, MTV, Sony, Universal Music, and Warner Music.

Prior to SuperFan, Rick was the Co-Founder, CFO & Chief Strategist for Tickle.com, one of the largest social media sites on the Internet. Tickle was the first site to successfully leverage viral marketing through personality tests, photo-sharing and matchmaking products. Under Rick's leadership, Tickle operated as a profitable company with close to $40 million of annual revenue. In 2002, Tickle won the "Rising Star” Webby Award as the fastest growing site on the Web. It becoming one of the top 20 sites online with more than 200 million registered users. In 2004, Monster Worldwide acquired Tickled for more than $100 million.

Rick is the National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama. He advises numerous companies and organizations, including Dreamworks, HR.com, Fwix, Lumos Labs, Wavii, UrbanTag, Founder’s Den, Stipple, FIGHTER, and Friendster (acquired by MOL). Rick is an angel investor in Wavii, Stipple and UrbanTag.

Rick graduated from University of New Hampshire, and received an MBA from Harvard. He is regularly featured in the media as a thought leader on social media, entrepreneurship, and the future of the Internet.

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