If there is anything you should know about Cadence CEO, Michael Buckley, it’s that he loves skipping small talk and jumping right into understanding a person’s true driving force. So, some might call it serendipitous that he would find himself on Chase Rosa’s podcast, Driving Force. Michael himself delves into his history in the industry, his hopes and fears, and all else that makes him… well, him! 🙂
We can’t recommend enough that you take a little time to listen to the episode, but here are a few key takeaways we think you should know if your schedule is a little packed.
- During Michael’s first week as Director of Product Development at SciMedMedia, he was asked to design an entire system completely alone, but found that when he jumped into it, he actually wasn’t overwhelmed at all, but rather endlessly exhilarated. He likes to call this his “Aha” Moment, where he realized that his true passion lies with finding personalized solutions for customer problems to make people’s lives easier. Hence, Cadence!
- Michael doesn’t find himself laying awake at night much anymore! At his previous company, he was constantly going to sleep late and feeling stressed, but now with Cadence, he is confident that employees have found the right rhythm and know what they’re supposed to be doing without too much guidance. He likes to thank Google’s OKRs and Asana for this clarity and peace of mind.
A self-proclaimed staple for Michael’s success exists in fitness and wellness. Michael is extremely passionate about employee wellness when it comes to sleep, fitness, and nutrition. He finds that regular exercise, like yoga or walking, combined with at least 8 hours of sleep and meditation gets him to optimal levels as a leader.
- Bonus tidbit! Michael is so committed to health & wellness that Cadence provides employees with a monthly fitness stipend to ensure that everyone is able to achieve peak mental clarity.
- For anyone looking to start a business of their own, Michael advises to test your idea and the hypothesis behind it. Any way you can get feedback, he encourages you to go for it. Ask potential customers, friends, family, anyone if your idea is one that they would use or buy. Any feedback is good feedback, and then you can really start to understand exactly what you’re creating.
And, most importantly, Michael perfectly sums up his own Driving Force: “Having [the] ability to help cultivate someone to become who they want to become, and be incredibly happy, … is definitely the ultimate driving force in everything that I do.” We love that, Michael! 💖
Give a listen to the podcast here! If you can’t listen to the full episode, we’ve listed timestamps with conversation topics below ⬇️
- 00:02:47 Pandemic's impact on his business and the industry
- 00:13:05 When did his passion for events start to kick in
- 00:14:30 Does he consider himself a born entrepreneur?
- 00:15:39 College experience
- 00:18:00 The interview that changed his career outlook
- 00:20:11 First couple jobs after college
- 00:27:08 Impact of Great Recession on his career trajectory
- 00:28:30 Job where the 'aha' moment occurred
- 00:32:09 Tipping point to start Cadence
- 00:39:57 Overview of Cadence
- 00:44:59 How they differentiate themselves from competitors
- 00:46:15 Culture at Cadence
- 00:54:39 Fundraising
- 00:59:22 What keeps him up at night
- 01:00:40 Ultimate vision for Cadence
- 01:01:46 Thoughts on fitness and wellness to thrive in business
- 01:03:00 His daily routine
- 01:06:00 His driving force
- 01:07:28 Advice for people thinking about starting a business