Episode 54: Christopher Nelson – Maximizing Career Capital: Strategies for Equity, Wealth, and Syndication

In our SaaS Fuel™ Expert Series, Jeff is joined by Christopher Nelson, Principal, and Co-Founder of Wealthward Capital, a private equity firm helping Technology Employees build passive income through financial education and by creating recession-resistant passive income portfolios. We discuss the importance of doing due diligence on a company before joining, and how to think about equity compensation versus concentrated key experience. We also talk about the value of having a mentor or manager who can help you leapfrog to the next level, and how to use your enthusiasm to create a flywheel effect. 

Tune in for an insightful conversation about how to make sure you're getting the most out of your career!

Key Takeaways

00:04:18   Resilience In The Face Of Adversity: A Key To Success

00:06:03   Creating Sustainable Wealth Through Equity: Christopher Nelson's Advice

00:08:28   Growing Wealth Through Collaboration

00:09:46   Exploring The Benefits Of LinkedIn Networking For Financial Success

00:13:51   The Impact Of Financial Uncertainty On Job Selection

00:15:48    Exploring Post-IPO Startups For Low-risk, High-reward Opportunities

00:18:08   The Value Of Equity And Career Capital In Hiring

00:25:05   Gaining Marketable Skills For Higher Salary

00:26:53   Tax Benefits Of Pre-IPO Consulting

00:28:38   Creating An Owner Mindset: The Benefits Of Working For Equity

00:31:59    Creating Momentum Through Risk Management For Career Advancement

00:33:18   Articulating Your Career Capital To Stand Out In A Buyer's Market

Tweetable Quotes

How do they attract the best and brightest, is they need to make sure that they focus also on the underlying fundamentals of the companies.  – 00:11:19 Christopher Nelson

I think if you really want to attract the best and brightest, there has to be a clear way where you're saying “here is your equity that I am giving you and here's the way we gonna translate that into value” – 00:11:52 Christopher Nelson

You are the asset. Whatever experience you're in, you need to make sure that you're what I call categorizing your career capital. Which is your education, experience, and your results. – 00:17:47 Christopher Nelson

I believe that every experience when you're making investing with your time and talent. You want to make sure you're investing it in a high-quality company that managers should be able to articulate the value and then also what this role is going to provide to them from a career capital perspective.  – 00:19:03 Christopher Nelson

Thinking about your career as an investment is really the way everybody should be thinking about. – 00:20:15 Jeff Mains

It's always paying it forward. Always being able to take lessons that you learned and share them. That's truly the spirit of what I'm trying to do now. – 00:21:32 Christopher Nelson

Success does breathe success. – 00:33:52 Christopher Nelson

SaaS Leadership Lessons

  1. Chief revenue officers do due diligence on companies before trading their time and talent for equity.
  2. Having experience with I. P. O. can create momentum for their career to get into desired positions.
  3. Focus on customers, company mission, department, and team. 
  4. Understand the risk of dilution when looking at equity offers. 
  5. Equity can be a great way to grow wealth and create momentum for your career.
  6. People need to be able to tell the story of their career capital in order to differentiate themselves from the competition.
  7. Adversity is a sign of life and resilience is the mark of success.
  8. Celebrate wins together and quickly rebound from old spider webs to achieve profitable growth impact and freedom 

Guest Resources

Christopher’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrccnelson/

Christopher’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophercnelson/

Christopher’s Website: https://christophernelson.tech

Wealthward Website: https://www.wealthward.com

Wealthward Twitter: Wealthward_CAP

Wealthward Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wealthwardCAP

Wealthward LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wealthward-capital/

Resources Mentioned

Wealthward Capital (Website): https://www.wealthward.com/

From No Dough To IPO (Website): https://www.fromnodoughtoipo.com/

Teach, Careers & Money Talk Podcast: https://www.techcareersandmoneytalk.com/

GitLab (Website): https://gitlab.com/gitlab-com

Robert Kiyosaki (Website): https://www.richdad.com/

Linkedin (Website): https://www.linkedin.com/

Google (Website): https://www.google.com/

Lfyt (Website): https://www.lyft.com/

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