In 2019 Darrian Mikell got the dreadful call no one wants to receive. He had been laid off from his job and had a few months of severance to figure out what to do next. What followed was a true test of grit and perseverance where Darrian turned life’s obstacles into opportunity and went all in on Qualifi.   

Darrian Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of Qualifi, a software platform that powers the fastest phone interview experience in the world and helps recruiting teams hire great candidates faster than ever before.

He has been building Qualifi since 2019 and was a participant in Techstars Anywhere Accelerator in 2021. 

Be sure to check out these great clips from the show:

  • [2:50] The correlation between sports and business. 
  • [17:57] Helping grow a startup from 2 to 70 in three years.
  • [23:35] How overcoming adversity helped launch Qualifi
  • [31:35] How to be a good Co-Founder 101 
  • [41:15] Perfect your pitch

Get IN. is the show focused on the unfolding stories and most extraordinary innovations happening in the heartland today. Get IN. is brought to you by Powderkeg and Elevate Ventures.

In our conversation with Darrian, you will learn about:

  • Using athletics as a framework for how to run your business. 
  • Identifying opportunities even under troubling circumstances. 
  • Simple tips for not getting complacent with your network

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