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Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes is the CEO of Proven. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a blues guitar player and builder.

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Eight Pivots to Profitability... From Idea to Growing Business

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on July 19, 2016

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

The Rolling Stones

I started Proven with Sean Falconer and Joe Mellin when we were all graduate students at Stanford (MBA, Computer Science Post-Doc, Masters in Design).

The original idea development began in 2009, and we first received seed funding in 2010.

The soul of the idea has always been: How do you use mobile phones to help people hire and get hired? And, how do you build products for a demographic that has been historically overlooked by hiring software?

By traditional Silicon Valley standards, we have not been a smashing success. However, we have survived, adapted, iterated, and pivoted along the way to find our way (ninth time’s the charm!). 

Today we have seven figure revenues and are growing 50-60% per year. We are profitable, we are fully remote, and we are happy. Can’t ask for much more.

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How to Negotiate: Four Negotiation Lessons from the UFC 200 Conor McGregor Saga

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on April 28, 2016

Learning how to negotiate requires work and preparation.

The movies show you the exchange of two people playing a game of virtual chicken, going head-on until a person blinks.

Reality is more complex.

A lot of preparation goes into understanding why, how, and when a party has leverage in a negotiation.

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How to Interview Job Candidates (The Definitive Guide)

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on January 19, 2016

Understanding how to conduct an interview can be daunting. But it’s an essential part of a successful hiring process.

Interviewing well takes practice and constant improvement. You never fully "have it down."

Not only that but candidates, your company, and the hiring environment are constantly changing. But by continuously learning (even if it’s a few minutes a week) you can stay ahead of the competition and win the talent game.

This guide, filled with links to the best interview tips, interview techniques and job interview questions is the perfect starting point to kick off your educational process (or improve what you’re already doing).

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