Meet William Uranga – Covering Talent Strategy for Fistful of Talent…

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Wiliam Uranga is the Director of Talent Acquisition at TiVo.  Prior to joining TiVo, his experience includes recruiting fora variety of web and technology companies in Silicon Valley.  No truth to the rumor that he has a killer comic routine and had to refuse repeated requests to come on various late night shows.

See William’s Rants and Riffs on Fistful of Talent by clicking here


1.  The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to pitch the random reader on who you are and why they should read your rants.  Go..

I get to write about what I hear, see and do in the business of building teams and organizations.  I’m particularly interested how other corporate functions (e.g. customer experience, marketing) can improve my recruiting.  I keep asking, "Nice to know, but how does it apply?"

2.  Now for the mundane – break down your location, title, company/firm and what you do for a living..

I work at TiVo in Alviso, California as the Director of Talent Acquisition.  Since we have to pay the city to deliver our mail (yep, it’s that small), I just say we’re in "San Jose."  I get to work with a team of 6 and address the direction, resources and delivery of all of our company’s talent needs.

More about me:

-How about a quick visual tour of where I work?
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3.  One more question that everyone expectsWhat’s the reason you’re in this game? (why do you do what you do?)

Two Things:  1) Recuiting is equal part science and art.  How you design and execute recruiting is as endless as the combinations of individuals and teams.  It’s what I call "talent alchemy".  What you do impacts organizations and industries.  2) I’ve been fortunate to learn from a good set of practitioners and I learn more by teaching at UC Santa Cruz in Silicon Valley and supporting others with what I know via the Recruiting Leadership Forum.

4.  If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  If we ever have a FOT convention, what theme music will you come out to to pump the crowd up and why?

U2’s Where the Streets Have No Name – It was an incredible concert (album tour) and it’s building of intensity can be teet rattling…

5.  Let’s stick with the baseball theme.  If you’ve ever been to a pro game, you also know that the visitor doesn’t get to pick their own music.  The home team picks that for them, and it’s usually less than stellar as a means of attempting to crush them.  If you could pick theme music for your arch-rival to walk into a conference room to, what would it be and why?

Aerosmith’s Dude (Looks Like a Lady)

6.  Finish the following sentence – "When I’m interviewing, I can tell within one minute that this thing isn’t going to work out because _________…"

They cannot articulate how they left/would leave their last/current organization better performing than when they first arrived.

7.  Name the actor/actress that will portray you in the movie about you.  Why the heck is that a fit?

Steven Wright.  I know he’s a comedian, but he’s had some good roles.  He’s tall, self depreciating and has a dry-as-Death Valley sense of humor.

8.  List three of your favorite books to pander to the educated segment of our readership…

Downing Street Years – Autobiography of Margret Thatcher, a women who achieved things based on her ideas and not being a victim.

What’s So Great About Amercia? – by Dinesh D’Souza – Discusses the U.S. isn’t perfect, but we (as a people) always seek to do good.

An Unquiet Mind – By Kay Redfield Jamison – A PhD’s battle with bipolar disease educated me and gave me compassion for a family member coming to terms with this affliction.

9.  List three of your favorite movies to connect with the segment of our readership that doesn’t like to read…

Heat – Great story, intense lineup of actors.  It’s about commitment of two men to thier own code that comes with great costs.

The Matrix – Blue pill….or red pill?

Saving Private Ryan – The sacrifice of men in the setting of the brutality of mankind.

10.  Let’s reach out to what remains of our readership.  Who’s your favorite Old-School Rapper and why?

Rap?  I’ll go with my favorite club DJ as a rewrite of the question… My favorite there is DJ Tiesto…

10.5.  My first car was a <blank> and here’s how it defined who I am….

1976 Honda Civic hatchback, bright yellow. Taught me a lot besides driving a stick – discomfort as a backseat passenger, sucking on my kneecaps as a 6’+ guy, leading others in my first managing job, etc.


See William’s Rants and Riffs on Fistful of Talent by clicking here

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.