By @SimonCocking  great interview with Jeff Caselden will be speaking at our event on the panel at 14.55 Future trends to watch, moderated by Brian Seidman, panelists including Reuben Godfrey, Jeff Caselden, Brian Norton, Marieke Flament MD Europe Circle. To attend the event itself October 26th, at Moores Auditorium, UCD book tickets here. 

1 min pitch for what you are doing now?

My wife, Mindi, and I run our own business, Caselden Consulting, which brings our experience into growth companies struggling with the challenges of growing leaders, developing talent, and running efficient operations which will scale in line with their businesses. After nearly 18 years with Amazon.com, I decided it was time to focus my efforts on what truly brings me passion and joy – helping others to succeed and achieve their own potential. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a varied, brilliant career at Amazon which provided me with an unparalleled experience in building scalable leaders, teams, and systems that can keep pace with businesses growing at breakneck speeds. It’s really fun and fulfilling to bring that experience to others now and help them reach their own goals.

How were the last 12 months, what worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

We’ve only been in business for about 8 months now and, to be honest, have been operating somewhat stealthily. The summer can be a very slow time, but we’ve certainly not been idle recently! It’s also an interesting transition from enormous multi-national to having to wear all the hats. We’ve been fortunate however to work with some incredible organisations already ranging from more established, successful startups like Intercom, to smaller EI-supported startups like Buy Media, to even doing some work for the Dept. of the Taoiseach in conjunction with the Data Summit. Overall we’re quite pleased with our early successes but obviously look forward to working with other companies with whom we can build strong relationships and be part of their own growth journey.

What are your plans for the future?

We’ll be launching more formally and visibly to the world very soon, and we’ll also soon be releasing an online course we’ve been developing in conjunction with our partner, expertdealcloser.com, about which we’re very excited. Beyond that, we’ll be looking to expand our own coaching and learning & development offerings, quite possibly delving into the online space ourselves. I used to do tons of interviews at Amazon as part of their Bar Raiser community and have been itching to help other people seriously improve how they assess and interview for new talent. I firmly believe that the decisions companies and hiring managers make around talent can be the make or break decisions for their ultimate success or failure. Sadly, a lot of folks could still improve immensely in this area.

What will you be talking about at this event? 

I’ll be part of a panel on future trends to watch, and in all likelihood bringing an optimistic but sceptical eye to recent and coming advancements in technology both in fintech but also across the board.

What inspired you to attend it?

I’m a connector, both in terms of people and things, so despite my background (or perhaps because of it) I often find myself wondering about the unintended consequences from new technology that the inventors mightn’t have foreseen. There’s certainly tons of current examples we can all pinpoint around how technology has both improved and degraded the experience of this thing we call “life”. I believe we often lose sight of the fact that people matter more than technology, in so many ways. I’m also really interested in this concept of how the internet has democratised so many things (self-publishing and cryptocurrencies to name just a couple) and what happens when the power that was once held in the hands of few is challenged. I’m also fascinated by how all that is happening in the midst of what is an incredible amount of consolidation of power in a handful of new tech giants. We live in truly interesting times!

Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

I’m really fascinated by Elon Musk and how a great deal of the work he’s involved in focuses on truly impactful problems we’ll all face as humankind, such as energy and transportation. Frankly, I wish more people were working on these kinds of problems than simply solving first-world convenience issues. Kudos to the work of the Gates Foundation in this regard as well. And after so long at Amazon, it’s hard not to pay attention to Mr. Bezos too – I’m curious to see where his recent forays into philanthropy may lead. As publications go, I follow Dublin Globe, TechIreland, and Irish Tech News to stay abreast of the indigenous scene. Beyond that, I’m often reading pieces from Business Insider, TechCrunch, The Guardian, and getting lost in various subreddits.

How can people find out more about what you are working on?

You can follow us on Twitter (@CaseldenConsult), find me on LinkedIn , and soon we’ll have some actual content on our website.

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