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I’m a seasoned startup generalist with experience helping 40+ companies scale, particularly around people and process optimization. I launched a six-figure startup consultancy, worked in VC, and as an early employee at a company that grew from Seed to Series B. I also graduated from Harvard with an AB cum laude in Sociology, a discipline that greatly informs my perspective on people and process. On the people side, I’ve managed talent operations for hundreds of contract staffers, overseen recruitment for C-suite executives, managed teams ranging from 1-50, and have scaled cultures through seismic organizational shifts. Process-wise, I’ve built countless systems and workflows for marketing, sales, product, people, operations, and even engineering teams. I’ve watched some processes accomodate years of scale, watched others fail miserably, and have a strong point of view on when and how to insert process as a strategic point of leverage in business growth. (I’m also an experienced marketer, with almost a decade of brand building expertise. I’ve worked across the full marketing stack, from visual design and creative concepting to content, social, email, and more.)
Calvin is a full-stack growth marketer, startup operator, and writer. As the Director of Growth at Mechanism Ventures, Calvin helps portfolio companies become profitable in their first year of business, with a particular focus on validating and growing acquisition channels, strategic business development, unlocking new growth opportunities, and building scalable operational processes. Prior to Mechanism, Calvin spent three years at Toptal, leveraging SEO, paid advertising, referrals, and business development to scale one of the company's business units from 0 to millions in revenue. In 2018, Calvin launched a blog that now has 500,000 annual page views and thousands of newsletter subscribers. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.