David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur and presently Founder & CEO of 15Five, a SaaS company focused on helping managers and CEOs and get the insights from their people that they need to be highly effective, and to build great teams and organizations. 15Five helps bring attention to things they otherwise would never know allowing them to proactively address issues before they become problems, acknowledge successes, discover great ideas, support their team’s growth and development, and stay tuned in to morale. It does this by gathering feedback from every employee on a weekly basis and bubbling up the key points so managers, executives and CEOs can truly know the pulse of their company.
He formerly served as President of the San Francisco chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO, http://www.eonetwork.org), an International network of entrepreneurs who each have businesses with annual revenues in excess of $1mil, and was named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes, who has also featured him as an expert on entrepreneurship.
In 2004, he co-founded Kite Adventures, an adventure travel company offering guided downwind tours and pro-coached kiteboarding camps in northeast Brazil.
He is also co-founder of Endai Worldwide, a NYC-based Internet marketing and services firm founded in 1999, and served as the company’s CTO through 2006. Endai has been recognized on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.
David Hassell, CEO
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
15Five is web-based software that improves communication between managers and employees to align goals and uncover obstacles and opportunities that are often missed. 15Five is easy, quick, and automated, using the power of simple questions to reveal important information for business success.
Each week, employees take about 15 minutes to answer a few insightful questions on things like obstacles, achievements, morale, innovation, and trends. Then Managers take five minutes to review and respond—addressing issues recognizing accomplishments, and learning new ideas.
Unlike status reports, anonymous surveys, or even 1 on 1 meetings, 15Five inspires open and honest dialogue that brings to light issues and opportunities that are often missed.