Disrupting An Industry That Needs to Be Disrupted

Jessica Schroeder

This post highlights the work of Core Ventures, a presenting sponsor at February’s “Business for the Common Good” event. Thank you to Core Ventures for their generous support!

For any of us who’ve been involved in recruiting and hiring, it’s no secret that the process can be slow, tentative, and at times painful.

Maybe you’ve had a complete stranger reach out to you on LinkedIn pitching a job you didn’t want or hired an employee who never quite fit your company culture.

For those looking to recruit top talent for keystone positions, this journey can be especially taxing.

From sourcing to vetting qualified candidates, the right fit can be incredibly hard to find. And don’t even mention turnover! Once a suitable candidate signs on, it can be difficult to know how long they will stay. ROI is a concern of anyone in the hiring process, especially for those outsourcing their recruiting.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Thomas, CEO of Core Ventures, a consulting firm specializing in recruiting and staffing solutions.

Matt and his partner Blake Frye bring fresh life and vision to the hiring process, or to put it more directly, “Disrupt an industry that needs to be disrupted.”

Matt explained Core Ventures' effectiveness in contrast to headhunters, who often focus on securing exorbitant commissions. The most “successful” headhunters are often the most unethical, hopping top candidates from job to job, collecting their earnings as they go—leaving their clients with a poor ROI and a personnel gap once more.

Rather than asking, “What’s in it for me?” Core Ventures works closely with senior level leaders to discern and develop the company’s distinct culture. Matt explained that the culture of a company really matters. When people believe in what they are working towards, feel like valued members of a team, and find joy and meaning in their work, incredible things can be achieved.

However, the only way to develop a strong culture is to find great people who fit a company’s culture. As the adage says, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

While Core Ventures works with all sorts of companies in leadership, consulting, and recruiting, they often find themselves partnering with leaders who share many of their same values, sometimes even their faith. Matt recalled a work relationship that developed organically over time, taking on the beauty and depth of friendship—one in which work, family, and faith commingled. He recognizes that this cannot be the reality with all of Core Ventures’ clients, but it is nonetheless a sign of God’s presence in their work, something he desires to see happen more and more.

Not surprisingly, a robust theology of work underlies Core Ventures’ mission. "God made us to work, to produce," Matt affirmed. Core Ventures endeavors "in hope that the work we do makes the world a better place,” ushering in God's kingdom, bringing shalom.

In addition to working with senior leadership to recruit candidates for job placements, Core Ventures is near to realizing one of its founding goals—to invest ten percent of its quarterly profits in nonprofits that are doing good work in the community, supporting and developing long-term partnerships in various forms of kingdom work.

Core Ventures’ recruiting and consulting team partners with business owners to create and build strong teams and meaningful work cultures.

Whether you need help finding the ideal candidate or need another set of eyes to evaluate your workplace dynamic, Core Ventures’ staffing solutions and consulting services may help bring the link you've been looking for.

To learn more about Core Ventures’ unique approach, visit http://coreventures.co/.


Jessica Schroeder

Jessica Schroeder is a contributor to the DIFW blog. She is a Master’s student of Theology at Denver Seminary and holds a B.S. in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies, which she earned alongside a minor in Worship Arts. Enthused by the statement “everything is theological,” she endeavors to live into this truth each day, as well as to write about it. Jessica also blogs for The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics and her own blog, Slowing to Wonder.