Q & A with our Founder
Collabrio is an ‘interesting’ name for a search firm. What prompted you to choose it?
The concept of collaboration is appearing in the zeitgeist of day-to-day commerce on an unprecedented level. You can’t read the business news
without seeing the word crop up at least a few times. It’s timely.
It denotes a changing paradigm in our business as well. I have always felt strongly that recruiters should not be viewed as the hired guns but as advisors and facilitators. With our fantastic network we are also in the position of being enablers of broader success.
The cornerstones of successful partnerships though are communication, cooperation and commitment. Collabrio is modern and evocative of the spirit in which we like to work with clients.
You mention a changing paradigm. What do you mean by that?
With nearly 30 years of experience in the search arena covering almost every conceivable industry sector you create a vast network. Obviously that network is the cornerstone of a successful search practice. That same network though is invaluable as a resource to companies of all stripes which have broader needs beyond talent. We are the access point to those resources.
That almost sounds like a sort of brokerage. What prompted that shift.
That’s actually a pretty good term for it.
The shift came about quite naturally. It evolved as I got to more involved with the innovation economy. There is tremendous potential within this sector but in
reality it is fundamentally challenged. Start-ups are notoriously underfunded
and constantly bootstrapping. In that environment bringing in full time
executives is often not an option. There are other priorities like finding
boards and advisors, getting access to key industry contacts and potential
partners, and of course private capital. Having access to all of these
players in the innovation economy I felt there were additional ways to put my
contacts to use.