Steve Kahan is an author and TEDx Speaker who shares the pros and cons of working for a startup company.

There are over 46,000 startup companies in the United States right now. The number one thing keeping their CEOs up at night is hiring the right talent for their companies. How do you know if working for a startup is right for you? What questions will help you determine if a startup is a good fit? That is where Steve and his expertise come into play.

About Steve Kahan

Steven Mark Kahan has successfully helped to grow seven startup companies from early-stage development to going public or being sold, resulting in a total value of more than $3 billion.

Bringing passion and positive energy, Steve inspires teams and their organizations to take on the impossible and succeed. He is best known for his ability to plan a marketing strategy and execute it so that companies can accelerate revenue, grow market share, and consistently deliver superior returns for shareholders.

In his current position as Thycotic’s Chief Marketing Officer, he has helped take the company from a $10M to $60M+ in the first three years. It’s been a similar story with the other companies where he’s brought his talents over the past three decades, including KnowledgeWare, PentaSafe, Postini, Quest Software, and The Planet.

In a rare move, Gartner Group recognized Thycotic in its 2018 PAM Magic Quadrant as having superior marketing in its peer group. And Web Host Industry Review recognized Steve as “Marketer of the Year” in 2009. He also has been featured as “the ideal CMO” by a recruiting firm that used Steve as a model to help its clients hire the best CMO for their startups.

A previous board member of Target Hunger in Houston, Steve is passionate about making the world a better place by helping those who need it most.

Steve attended college at Illinois State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication. He’s an avid paddle boarder, and he taught himself to play the guitar. He and his wife of thirty years live in Texas. They have two children and one grandchild.

Resources and Links

Visit Steve’s website and social media Where you can learn more about Steve’s book Be a Startup Superstar where you can learn about the benefits of working for a startup.

Watch the TEDxCWRU Talk by Steve Kahan “You Can Be a Startup Superstar”

Follow Steve on LinkedIn and Instagram @stevenkahan.

Listen to past episodes of Beyond the Rut related to career

BtR 182 – Take Your Career to the Nth Degree and Build Employee Loyalty

BtR 181 – Find Career Clarity with Career Catalyst Tracy Timm

BtR 072 – Creating Career Magic with Lee Cockerell

BtR 046 – Earn More Doing Work You Love, Scott Barlow (Happen To Your Career)

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