At TalentFirst, we believe…

The modern workforce deserves a technology-savvy, mobile-first, globally aware performance management solution, one that’s been built from the ground-up to engage employees with real-time feedback, targeted coaching and meaningful collaboration.

Better performance management is possible.

We’re on a mission to modernize performance management and create organizational cultures that put talent first.

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Rishav Gupta, CEO

Rishav co-founded TalentFirst in 2005.  He possesses over two decades of strategy and operations experience at some of the largest technology, financial, and human capital management companies. During these years in leadership positions, he was tasked with the evaluation and integration of technology-based business solutions acquired through joint ventures, mergers,and acquisitions. Prior to his focus in investment and M&A-related activities within the technology industry, Rishav spent a few years with PeopleSoft (now Oracle), helping the company design and develop an award-winning HRMS software solution. He received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Ohio State University.



Ted Power, Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Ted Power is the Senior Vice President of Customer Success at TalentFirst. As a recognized thought leader and trusted adviser, Ted also provides insightful counsel to a variety of organizations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Johnson & Johnson, Panasonic, and the U.S. Military (Army Rangers).
With over 15 years of leadership and consulting experience in Talent Management/Organizational Development, Ted has led large-scale global initiatives, including the development and implementation of enterprise-wide competency systems that require the engagement of broad stakeholder groups to ensure optimal organizational adoption.
Ted’s expertise includes behavioral assessment application and interpretation, leadership and team development, organizational analyses and assessment, competency model development and deployment, executive coaching, and sales force effectiveness programs.
Ted graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Political Science.  Prior to joining TalentFirst in 1996, he worked as a Sales and Marketing professional in the Human Resource Consulting and Retail industries.



Julie Zadow, Chief Marketing Officer

Julie Zadow is TalentFirst’s Chief Marketing Officer, and leads all aspects of TalentFirst’s global marketing strategy, including branding, demand generation, communications and product marketing. Julie brings more than 20 years of experience to TalentFirst. Most recently, she served as vice president of marketing and executive director of WorkHuman at Globoforce. Prior to Globoforce, Julie held several executive marketing positions with Harte Hanks and Aberdeen Group, as well as marketing leadership roles with Yankee Group, MIT's Technology Review Magazine and Linkage, Inc. An accomplished thought leader and communicator on workforce issues, Zadow has been a featured HR conference speaker and contributor and was also recently named among the top “Women in HR Technology to Watch” by Recruiting Daily.


News Coverages

TalentFirst featured in Entrepreneur Magazine: How to Address the Problem of Toxic Employees

April 26. 2017READ MORE

TalentFirst Appoints Julie Zadow as CMO

March 29. 2017READ MORE

What Performance Management Means to Millennials

October 25. 2016READ MORE

TalentFirst to Showcase Innovative Performance and Coaching Platform at HR Technology Conference

September 26. 2016READ MORE

Performance Management... Reinvented! TalentFirst Unveils Platform to Drive Engagement and Continuous Performance

September 20. 2016READ MORE

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to showcase and share your talents with a modern, rapidly growing SaaS-based performance management company, we would love to meet you!

Our unique culture, company values, and passionate desire for delighted customers and successful results make TalentFirst a dynamic, challenging, fast-paced and rewarding place to work.

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