We’re business builders obsessed with reducing the waste of human and economic potential.
We share a common culture of high standards, relentless improvement and scientific inquiry.
We’re clear why we exist, and are committed to doing what it takes to realize our purpose.
Jeff started his career as an early employee at Conner Peripherals, the fastest growing start-up in history. He rose rapidly to take on global responsibility for HR services. He went on to start DataMain Technologies, which developed an innovative rapid application development toolkit. While CEO of DataMain he became obsessed with ways to increase his company’s performance, eventually innovating approaches to culture, organization design and hiring.
Jeff decided to take his career in a different direction when he decided that the culture and talent innovations he had started at DataMain could lead to competitive advantage. He became head of talent management at Electronic Arts, a Fortune 500 digital entertainment company. There he created and launched the idea of “Profitable Creativity”, an approach to reducing waste in work through better design, increasing creative ROI.
Jeff also started blogging and innovating new talent technologies and processes, winning multiple awards and recognition. His speeches to global leaders, his creation of the first Talent Unconference, and his guest lectures at Stanford have all focused on changing the way people think about talent, design and competitive advantage. This lead Jeff to become the Head of Recruiting for Bridgewater Associates, the world’a largest hedge fund and a firm renowned for its innovative approaches to culture and talent.
Jeff started Talentism to bring his track record of innovation, design and business building together in a new set of innovations focused on creating advantage through business design.
Jeff is married with three children and lives in Westport, CT.
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Bud has helped many businesses across a wide range of industries think about management, innovation, and transformational change. At McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s top management consulting firms, he led teams that helped both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups solve their most critical strategic problems. His obsession was to get leaders, both at McKinsey and its clients, to focus more sharply on people as the real driver behind the strategy.
As a senior manager at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, he helped transform multiple areas of the business and implement cutting edge systemized approaches for managing talent. Again, he obsessed over how technology and systems were only as good as the people driving them.
Over the course of his experiences at these places and others (e.g. Capital One, Amazon.com, and Harvard Business School), Bud has seen how dozens of companies approach strategy, culture and management. He became convinced that the difference between success and failure is how strategically businesses think about their people, and how that talent strategy shows up in everyday practice.
Bud received degrees in Economics and Computer Science from Penn, and an MBA from Harvard. He lives in West Harrison, NY with his wife, Michelle, and two children, Maya and Rabi. Besides his family, his loves include jam bands, bird watching, and buffalo wings.
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