Mark Richardson

My day job is president and founder of Unfinished Business and CEO and co-founder of GigBlender.

I created Unfinished Business as a resource primarily for individuals who find themselves and their careers in transition. Professionals can get the help they need to prepare for, navigate and accelerate career transition. On the other side of the equation, I help organizations more efficiently identify, recruit and onboard talent, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Our tagline is “Where Talent & Opportunity Cross Paths.”

So often you hear companies say there’s no talent available and people say there are no jobs. Obviously, in most cases those can’t both be true. So most of the time Mark wouldn’t say that we have a talent OR opportunity problem… more like a connectivity problem. And that’s where GigBlender was born.

GigBlender grew out of a desire to harness technology to provide a new way to deliver the services and expertise we’ve honed at Unfinished Business.

GigBlender uses a unique profile-generating system that allows us to create alignment between the two parties—kind of like a dating app between talent and opportunity. It lets the talent winnow out what I call the “I can do thats”—that big list of job descriptions that a person could do—and uncover the things they want to do. We don’t screen, interview or hire—we curate. We start the process and can complement the current HR model.

We’re particularly aware of the diversity and inclusion challenges in today’s hiring and that they’re actually the sign of something bigger: gaps in opportunity. GigBlender attacks the core disparities and makes sure opportunity finds everyone.

My favorite place for caffeine locally is Café Zoma on Atwood. Great coffee and an amazing courtyard. The Barriques chain is a close second and I also enjoy the Colectivo on Monroe St.

My all-time favorite place for a cup of coffee was a little café in Tuscany. It was about the location, the people and the fact that I could enjoy the coffee and be present in the moment, rather than in a rush. That experience would be hard to beat.

The people I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with would be Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimmy Hendrix and my grandmother.

Martin Luther King, Jr. for obvious reasons, but especially as it relates to today’s vibe and struggle. Jimmy Hendrix because he’s the man! Everyone wants to play like him and everyone’s tried, but no one’s ever come close. And my grandma—who’s still alive—because she’s the toughest chick you’ll ever meet. She’s full of wisdom, pulls no punches and doesn’t suffer fools.

Put the three of them together, and it would be a conversation.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine:  our approach to humanity. I feel like the pendulum’s been swinging the wrong way when it comes to tolerance, openness and acceptance. If I had my druthers, the work I do would help us to reverse course and move the needle back to create harmony from our discord – to come up with new solutions. That is one of the most important things I’m hoping to accomplish with GigBlender – create a new way of thinking about talent.