Image for post
Image for post

Personal energy is key — after experiencing initial energy depletion I’ve concluded that it’s part of my job to nurture my personal energy through keeping my body and mind healthy, and through nourishing relationships in my private life.

Natalia Panowicz is the CEO at Codility, where she has held key roles since joining as one of the company’s earliest employees. She has expanded Codility from Europe into the US, securing $22M in venture capital along the way.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I wouldn’t be a tech CEO if not for a personal failure very early on in my career. Straight from business school and hungry for impact and a steep learning curve, I was convinced that the best place for both (and hence my dream career) would be in strategy consulting. My interest started to verge on obsession which ultimately led me to performance anxiety during my very last interview with the country manager at McKinsey. I failed that interview, didn’t get an offer and went into acute and painful self-doubt. After weeks of soul-searching and work on myself, I concluded that what I really wanted was not a job at McKinsey itself, but really to make an impact and be challenged. This brought me to tech. Through a high school friend of mine I met Greg Jakacki, founder of Codility. After our first meeting I felt we clicked and I fell in love with the problem Codility was solving, namely how to help engineering teams scale quickly and efficiently. I joined the team of 5, embarked on the company-building journey alongside Greg and now I have the honor to lead us through our growth stage. …


Image for post
Image for post

If I’ve done my job right — people will know about braincare, care about braincare, make their braincare routine the single most important thing they do for their self-care and choose Heights as their go to brand for learning how to look after their most important organ. Quite the legacy, considering the impact that will have on people’s mental health and performance.

As part of my series about the leadership lessons of accomplished business leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Murray-Serter. Dan is a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur, who talks openly about failure and overcoming mental health issues like depression, burnout, anxiety and insomnia. …


Image for post
Image for post

You can inspire other young professionals that want to pursue an entrepreneurial path: I can’t tell you how many people came up to me when I quit my tech job to start Alex’s Awesome Sourdough with some kind of variation of, “So cool, I wish I could do the same with my idea”. I really enjoy helping passionate individuals with their go-to-market strategy as I personally needed some inspiration and confidence myself.

Alex Corsini is the Founder at Alex’s Awesome Sourdough. Alex developed autoimmune symptoms in 2017 and turned to nutrition to heal. After months of cutting out certain foods, he noticed that conventional bread aggravated his symptoms. When his autoimmune symptoms subsided, he felt compelled to create a natural foods brand highlighting the wholesome and nourishing qualities of sourdough. Alex’s Awesome Sourdough is the first ever sourdough based frozen pizza brand and the only pizza company using organic cheese from 100% grass fed cows that spend 365 days on pasture. …


Image for post
Image for post

We are learning the importance of proximity. We are all looking for proximity, whether its our family or friends or colleagues. One of my businesses focus on team building and events where people work closely and share experiences. We have already heard from companies ready to bring proximity back together.

As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Swedarsky, founder of the FTC4Lobe Group.

Jeff’s companies include one of the worlds largest food tour company in the industry (Food Tour Corp), a leading national business-to-business event and team building company (4Lobe Events), a Destination Management Company (Welcome DMC), an International Tour Operator (Gimmel Travel), and the newly acquired executive and corporate team building company 25 years in the industry (Senergyze), and a partner of Platinum Handyman and Construction.


Image for post
Image for post

While events and catering companies are at a stand-still, we are seeing firsthand, the shifts that warehouses and manufacturing companies are making. Several manufacturers have shifted production toward in-demand items such as face masks and are turning to Bacon to hire gig workers to cope with the increased demand for these products. Warehouses need more staff for packing and deliveries. Many other companies that didn’t previously need delivery drivers are now asking for assistance finding delivery drivers.

I had the pleasure to interview Hunter Sebresos, the CEO and president of Bacon Inc., the company that’s been called the “Uber” of hourly jobs. The Bacon app lets employers select, screen and hire qualified workers in moments. …


Image for post
Image for post

Rather than viewing others through a lens of “What mental illness do you have,” my typical perspective is, “What are you struggling with in your life right now?” Most people find viewing their issues as problems or struggles to be less stigmatizing than as a “mental illness.” Thus, we are working on problems to be solved rather than illnesses to be cured. In essence, I’m helping people develop different ways of behaving, thinking, relating, and being. With new tools in their “toolkits,” people can more effectively reduce their struggles and achieve greater life satisfaction.

As a part of my series about “Mental Health Champions” helping to normalize the focus on mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Dr. …


Image for post
Image for post

I think we live in a very divided country right now. This is the chief contributor to so much of our collective unhappiness. We need to come together once again, become more tolerant of our differences and shed the stigma in so many lanes. Also, it’s important to put down our phones for a minute and embrace face time with others. Face to face conversation is so important. Hiding behind our devices, only allows digital emotion.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin Peck — a world-renowned off-road race car driver, owner of Race Pro Technologies race team, Mental Health Advocate and author of “Bulletproof” memoir.


Image for post
Image for post

One of the biggest challenges for the U.S. healthcare system is price transparency. It’s the only element of our lives where you make a purchase decision and, going into it, you don’t know what it’s going to cost you or the full list of products/services you’re going to get. It’s challenging for people to make proper financial and medical tradeoffs decisions under the current scenario.

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Kozloff. Jeff is a serial healthcare entrepreneur with over 18 years of pharmaceutical experience. Before taking over as TrialScope CEO in 2018, Jeff served on the Company’s Board of Directors for more than two years. Prior to TrialScope, Jeff was the founder of two successful healthcare technology companies, HeroLinx and Verilogue. HeroLinx is an online crowdsourcing platform for accelerating clinical trial awareness and patient recruiting. Verilogue, which was acquired by Publicis (PUB:FP), is the global leader in the capture and linguistic analysis of physician-patient exam room dialogues. Jeff also previously served on the Board of Directors for iContracts, a SaaS compliance and revenue management company, and he remains an active angel investor and advisor to a half-dozen software and analytics companies. …


Image for post
Image for post

Support Innovation — We have some of the brightest minds on the planet, but the barriers to entry for even moderate improvements through innovation solutions that can change healthcare are extremely high in the US.

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing David Genetti. Mr. Genetti has over 20 years of experience leading teams and bringing healthcare technology products to market. As president of clinical technologies for Astarte Medical, David oversees all aspects of the medical technology development business unit. Astarte Medical is the only precision medicine company using software and predictive analytics to improve outcomes during the first 1,000 days of life, with an initial focus on preterm infants. Prior to joining Astarte Medical, he was CEO and founder of Affirmative Prescription Solutions. …


Image for post
Image for post

Provide basic preventative dental, mental and health free to everyone at all ages. Over time, the impact of prevention will reduce the cost of healthcare overall and pay for the preventative infrastructure.

As a part of my interview series with leaders in healthcare, I had the pleasure to interview John Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., an accomplished healthcare professional with a wealth of experience as a physician, a public health official and a global executive. In his role of CEO at Herbalife Nutrition, Dr. …

About

Carly Martinetti

2x pet tech founder, publicist, writer, and dog mom. I love learning about what makes CEOs tick.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store