David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the largest platform for finding and building local communities. He has 25 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth, and digital traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching strategic planning and entrepreneurship. He is the author of Decide & Conquer: 44 Decisions That Make or Break All Leaders and hosts the podcast Keep Connected, which is dedicated to the power of community.
Mentioned in this Episode:
- WeCrashed Series on Apple+
- Built to Lead
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters
(4:02) – When did your core principles become clear to you?
(9:44) – Have you done anything since writing the book to apply your values day-to-day?
(12:35) – Writing and reflecting on your career journey to help you grow.
(14:54) – Interviewing for a leadership role.
(19:23) – How do you deal with the fear that comes with a new leadership role?
(21:56) – What is a process plan versus a business plan?
(25:42) – What are the different frameworks you use and why are they important?
(30:19) – Why was moving fast so important to you?
(37:28) – WarTime & PeaceTime CEOs.
(45:55) – How do you create luck?
(49:01) – What are some examples of decisions you’ve made that led to doors opening or doors closing?
(57:38) – How do you create a successful community?
(1:04:08) – What is the purpose of business?