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Wait, What? From High School Dropout to President and Founder w/ Taso Du Val – The Sourcing Industry Landscape Podcast

By December 26, 2018 No Comments

Welcome to the latest Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast, hosted by Dawn Tiura.

Taso Du Val is the CEO of Toptal where he is in charge of the strategic vision and managing Toptal’s explosive growth.

With an untraditional background that took him from high school dropout to CEO, Taso, who is also a musician, originally started out in the music industry as a producer. Additionally, Taso is also a founding team member and advisor to, an art discovery platform, where he develops and advises on strategy.

Taso is an energetic, dynamic and creative person who will inspire you with his story of turning failure into success.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important to take risks and to not let failure – even multiple failures – hold you back from trying something new again.
  • Whatever you do in life, always do it with authenticity.
  • Surround yourself with people who have experience and don’t let your ego get in the way from learning from others.

About the Guest:

Taso is currently CEO at Toptal, the world’s largest network of highly-skilled freelance professionals. He is a frequent lecturer on hiring and entrepreneurship at such institutions as Harvard Business School, Wharton, Oxford and MIT. Taso is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox News, and other media outlets discussing jobs and talent. He previously served in key engineering roles at both Slide (acquired by Google, 2010) and Fotolog (acquired by Hi-Media, 2008).

About the Company:

Toptal, founded in 2010 is a global network of top talent in business, design and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. With $100+ million in annual revenue and triple-digit growth, Toptal is the largest fully distributed workforce in the world. The Toptal network includes thousands of designers, developers, project managers, and finance experts in more than 100 countries. To be accepted into the network, all Toptalers must pass a screening process that includes communication skills and a variety of technical exams specific to the applicant’s area of expertise

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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.