PivotPlanet is the brainchild of Brian Kurth, the founder of the innovative in-person, career mentorship company, VocationVacations.
PivotPlanet is the global exchange for career and business start-up expertise. PivotPlanet connects people looking to “pivot” from their existing career to a new career, start a company, or want to enhance their current job skills with expert advisors working in hundreds of fields. These advisors offer affordable, one-on-one video or voice sessions. PivotPlanet also offers the option of in-person mentorship experiences with some of its advisors.
PivotPlanet provides insider perspectives on how to be a professional anything - baker, software engineer, freelance writer, nurse, brewmaster…and the list goes on. PivotPlanet goes beyond connecting online, career coaching or corporate outplacement.
PivotPlanet offers direct access to the ins and outs, the life lessons and the know- how of experts in hundreds of professions. People who have “been there and done that.” It's for aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s for people burned-out in the corporate cubicle and looking for a new direction. It’s for college students about to take their first steps into the real world. It's for baby boomers planning encore careers. It’s for anyone looking to hone existing professional skills.
PivotPlanet is for anyone who has wondered, “What if? Could I really do this? Is it too late? How can I become better at what I do?”
PivotPlanet advisors offer real-life career experience.
Greg is a successful entrepreneur. He brings a decade of technology sales and marketing experience to PivotPlanet. Greg co-founded StepChange Group in 2007, later sold to Dachis Group. Prior to StepChange, Greg served as a vice president of sales and business development at Unicru, a web-based enterprise talent management solution, later acquired by Kronos, Inc. At Unicru, he managed a national sales team responsible for more than $10MM in new business in the retail, food service and healthcare sectors. Greg holds a BBA from San Francisco State University.
As a true Portlander, Greg loves beer. Once he convinces his wife that being a brewpub owner is a real career, you will see him behind a tap somewhere. With a smile on his face.
Jenn has more than ten years of software product management, product marketing and user experience design expertise. Most recently, she was a director of professional services at StepChange Group, now Dachis Group, developing social media marketing initiatives for large enterprises. Prior to Dachis Group, Jenn was a product manager and product marketing manager in the enterprise talent management space at Unicru (now Kronos), Yahoo! HotJobs and BrassRing (now Kenexa). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Reading Jenn’s credentials, you might not expect her to have the time to be a party gal, would you? But Jenn loves a good party. So much so that once her kids are out of school, she plans to open a hip party store.
Brian is the mastermind behind PivotPlanet and is its CEO. Prior to PivotPlanet, Brian created VocationVacations, a one-of-a-kind, face-to-face career mentorship company widely recognized for its innovative concept and delivery of service. It is referenced in books like Daniel Pink’s New York Times best-seller, DRIVE, and in The Start-up of YOU, by LinkedIn’s co-founder and chairman, Reid Hoffman. Brian is the author of Test-Drive Your Dream Job (Hachette, 2008) and was named “America’s dream job matchmaker” by CNN. He has contributed on-air advice on NBC's TODAY Show, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC & NPR and has been featured in the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Fortune and Entrepreneur, just to name a few.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Brian served as a director of business development for Telenisus (now Verisign) and as a director of product management with Ameritech (now AT&T). Brian earned an MA from Loyola University – Chicago, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
When taking a break from helping others pursue their personal and professional goals, Brian dreams of producing and hosting his own TV talk show, covering politics, news, philanthropy and entertainment. Watch out Anderson Cooper!
Since 2004, PivotPlanet’s founder, Brian Kurth, and his VocationVacations career mentorship team have provided thousands of one- to three-day in-person mentorship experiences to people exploring a new career or a path not taken.
The global financial crisis that started in 2008 brought changes to VocationVacations as well. Though the economic downturn pushed a traditional on-site mentorship out of reach for many people, the demand for first-hand career advice from people working in actual professions was higher than ever.
Brian recognized this as an opportunity to find new ways to offer career mentorship – more options, lower price points and easy accessibility. The social networking revolution, combined with an explosion of online peer-to-peer marketplaces, gave Brian his opportunity to “pivot”. He knew providing real career and life experience from experts in their fields had value in the global marketplace. He just had to figure out how to “bring it to the people” faster and within their budget while still offering a high-quality experience.Enter PivotPlanet in the spring of 2012.
For as little as $50 per hour, PivotPlanet connects people around the world looking to “pivot” from an existing career to a new career or enhance their current job skills with expert advisors working in hundreds of fields. These advisors offer affordable, one-on-one video and phone (VoIP) sessions. PivotPlanet also offers the option of in-person mentorship with some of its advisors.
PivotPlanet goes beyond connecting online, career coaching or corporate outplacement.
PivotPlanet is the resource for finding real-life career and start-up business advice shared by experienced advisors who can answer your questions and offer insights into their profession. Anywhere. Anytime.