The problem with hiring today

Hiring the right executive for your organization will have a big impact on its performance. Are the executives you’re hiring both top performers and the right fit?

Paper and online questionnaire-based assessments have been around for decades, but they are usually insufficient to truly validate a candidate’s strengths and liabilities as well as cultural fit.

Organizations end up spending thousands of dollars on hiring the wrong people.

We’ve solved your hiring problem

We empower you to proactively take control of your organization’s performance by taking a comprehensive view across all of the information that defines its people.

Our platform uses thousands of data points to create a unique model for each person, which helps uncover hidden strengths and liabilities to help organizations optimize, and isolate their top A-list candidates in the executive management space.

With this complete picture, our analytics engine backed by world class experts in neuroscience and leadership can craft a customized model for cultural fit and identify those executives who are the best for your organization.

We identify high-performing executives who would be the best fit for your organization.

1. Identify the top people in your organization

2. Assess their strengths and liabilities with using our CulturalDNA analytics and AI

3. Develop a line of standardization in a data model that represents a cultural fit

4. Your next hire is a match!


What employers see. Waterline of visibility.

We provide the data on hidden behaviors (below the waterline) and validate the candidate's strengths and potential liabilities that match or subtract from your company's Cultural DNA.

Matching your company's culture

We go beyond assessment questionnaires to use neuroscience, video analysis of facial microexpressions, and AI machine learning to discern traits like:

  • Conscientiousness
  • Duty
  • Ambition
  • Drive
  • Kindness
  • Confidence
  • Composure
  • Team Player

We measure and target hundreds of cognitive and physiological data points of each candidate in 7 distinctive categories.


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Executive Validations

You want to hire the best executive candidates possible for your organization, but how well do you really know a particular candidate and how well do they fit with your team’s culture?
Hiring the right executive for your organization will have a big impact on its performance. Are the executives you’re hiring both top performers and the right fit?
Have current or past executives really had a positive impact on the organization? The majority of CEO’s of leading companies indicate that finding and retaining talented employees is their #1 obstacle to growth.
How did you determine the right executives in the past? Even after spending large amounts to acquire executive hires, you still need help in understanding their strengths and liabilities.
The excellence of anything is everything…

CulturalDNA Analysis

CultualDNA Analysis is a diagnostic tool to determine issues in your culture.

We can provide a cultural fit analysis to determine what characteristics your organization’s culture is made of.

A 3-step process is used to define the strengths of your company's culture:

  1. We analyze and show you the strengths of your existing core team.
  2. A line of standardization is fitted to the data.
  3. New team members or new hires are overlaid onto the analysis and we show you the areas in which they excel or will need training.

This data provides the key to integrating new hires into existing teams and the culture of the company.

Based upon our CulturalDNA Methodology, an infographic will be created for each division in your organization. The data will depict the top core behaviors and skillsets of a candidate, providing your company with the foundation for a strong team and ensuring success in your hiring process!

Executive Coaching

You want to hire the best executive candidates possible for your organization, but how well do you really know a particular candidate and how well do they fit with your team’s culture?

Our executive consulting service provides the training your executives need to get them where they need to be with maximum performance!

Our Team

Higher is the gold standard in human performance

Higher Science

The science behind Higher
Everyone has large amounts of data about them… valuable data from online assessments, video interviews, past and current behaviors, and social networks that can be analyzed to determine a person’s behavioral traits. Information that can help you understand who someone is and how they would fit into your organization.

A lot of this data from different sources already exists today, but is not being brought together to form a complete picture of the executive.
We measure and target thousands of cognitive and physiological data points of each candidate in 7 distinctive categories. We go beyond assessment questionnaires to use neuroscience, video analysis of facial microexpressions, and AI machine learning to to discern traits like:
  • Conscientiousness
  • Duty
  • Ambition
  • Drive
  • Kindness
  • Confidence
  • Composure
  • Team Player

Our Team

Higher is the gold standard in human performance
Ron Kardashian

Ron Kardashian, Founder and CEO

Ron Kardashian is the President and CEO of Higher, Inc. Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of Le Confidant, Inc., a start-up in Silicon Valley in the executive consultancy space with a presence on three continents. The company has been awarded diplomatic honors and been recognized as an authority in the executive leadership space. Clients from companies such as Apple, LinkedIn, NeimanMarcus, Tesla, Facebook, FOXNews, CNN, and various start-ups have provided invaluable insight into the successful behavioral traits that gave rise to some of the most successful minds of today. Mr. Kardashian advises CEO’s and heads of governments in the areas of behavioral solutions, cognitive discipline, and human performance. In addition to his executive roles, he has also authored and published two books and became a writer for the Forbes Coaching Council.

His early years as a National Strength and Conditioning Coach gave him a voice as an advisor alongside professional athletes in the NFL and NBA. His life work and studies in cognitive disciplines and human development gave him a unique approach to mental, physical and business development solutions most advisors fail to address. Having coached executives and CEO’s for over 2 decades, from top executives of Fortune 500 companies to governments and international ministries, Coach Ron has a proven track record of creating and accelerating massive turnarounds in companies, people, relationships, and the physical health of the body. He has been awarded the LinkedIn “Coach Profinder of the Year Award” and “The Ambassador of Peace to the Golden Rule Award” for his humanitarian work among leaders and communities.

He currently lives in Silicon Valley leading this new venture, combining his experience from the past 20 years with AI, data analytics, and blockchain technologies to accelerate employee human performance. He humbly admits that without his wife and two children he would not be where he is today. Coach Ron travels and consults/coaches companies worldwide in order to fulfil his life-long passion: increasing the value of human life and human capital. He is in the process of creating an institute with a television show currently in production and will graduate with a Doctorate in Cognitive Psychology and Human Performance in 2018.

Troy Foster

Troy Foster, Board Advisor

Troy Foster has recently been the CTO of Bosch Software Innovations for the Americas, leading global initiatives for the Bosch Internet of Things (IoT) strategy, cloud computing, AI/ML, business rules management and business process management.

Prior to joining Bosch, Troy held product management and technology roles at IBM, VMware, BroadVision, Sun Microsystems, and Raytheon. He has over 20 years of experience in the start-up and high growth phases of technology companies and within new product development in the enterprise software space, focused on Internet-based technologies relating to data analytics, decision management, business process management, digital transformation, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Troy has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a MS in Computer Science from DePaul University and a BA in Accounting and Spanish from North Central College.

Naira Musallam

Naira Musallam, Board Advisor

Ms. Musallam is currently the Co-founder of Frontier7 in addition to being a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU and an Adjunct Instructor at Colombia University, where she teaches applied statistics, applied research methods, and behavioral research.

Ms. Musallam has a Ph.D. in Social Organizational Psychology from Colombia University.

Moran Cerf

Dr. Moran Cerf, PhD. Board Advisor, Professor of Neuroscience, MIT Media Lab, CALTECH, Northwestern University

Dr. Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern university. Dr. Cerf is also a member of the institute on complex systems, and visiting faculty at the MIT Media Lab.

His research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, behavior changes, emotion, decision making and dreams.

His works address questions such as: "How are conscious percepts formed in our brain?", "How can we control our emotions?" and "Which brain mechanisms determine if we find content engaging?"

Recently, his focus has been on the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. In his acclaimed work, Prof. Cerf studies patients undergoing brain-surgery by recording the activity of individual nerve cells using electrodes implanted in the patient's brain. Thus, his work offers a novel way to understand our psyche by observing the brain directly from within.

Dr. Cerf holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Caltech, as well as an MA in Philosophy and a B.Sc in Physics from Tel-Aviv University.

He holds multiple patents and his works have been published in wide-circulation academic journals such as Nature, as well as popular science journals such as Scientific American Mind, Wired, New Scientist and more. Additionally, his work has been portrayed in numerous media and cultural outlets such as CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, NPR, Time, MSNBC, and dozens of others. He has been featured in venues such as the Venice Art Biennial and China's Art, Science and Technology association, and has contributed to magazines such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Inc., and others.

Glen Howard

Glen Howard, Board Advisor

Mr. Howard is currently the President of Full Color Games in addition to advising Silicon Valley startups. He was employed at International Business Machines Corporation. Mr. Howard was the Managing Director of Finance at Mercury Capital Management, LLC. He was responsible for securing financing for its startups to optimize each capital structure.

Mr. Howard was a Managing Partner and owner of Pacific Point Investments. He was a Co-Founder and served as Managing Director of Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. Mr. Howard focused on both early stage and expansion stage technology companies and part of the technology team at Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.

Mr. Howard joined Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. in December 2003 as a Co-Founder and is instrumental in originating high tech investments for Hercules in various leadership positions. In mid-2006, he took several years off to pursue personal interests and re-joined Hercules in December 2010. Prior to co-founding Hercules, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Venture Debt U.S. from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Howard also served as a Managing Director of Comdisco Ventures from 1999 to 2000 and a Senior Associate from 1997 to 1998.

He was Group Head of Comdisco Ventures. He served as the Chief Investment Officer of Pearl Street Ventures. Mr. Howard was a part of the investment team at Comdisco Ventures that originated over $2.0 billion of equipment lease, debt and equity transactions from 1997 to 2000. He had over 15 years of experience selling, remarketing and financing data center and high tech equipment for Comdisco Inc. from 1987 to 1996 and IBM from 1981 to 1986 in Silicon Valley. He has been a Managing Director for multiple venture firms, has provided consulting services to startups, and has managed numerous other organizations investing in alternative assets such as real estate, equities and futures. Mr. Howard is a 34-year veteran of Silicon Valley and has a solid track record in technology, startup development, fundraising and venture capital financing. He has participated in the debt and equity financing of over 250 venture-backed companies and has over 25 years of financial experience. He specializes in startup development and fundraising expertise. He has experienced great success as an entrepreneur, and was instrumental in taking the company, he co-founded public.

Mr. Howard received an M.B.A. in Finance from Saint Mary's College and a B.S. in Systems Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Jim Jensen

James Jensen, Board Advisor, Member/Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

James Jensen, a member of the firm's Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice, represents emerging companies, accelerator/incubators and venture capital funds in diverse industries, including clean technology (e.g.,biofuels, LEDs, smart meters and solar), digital media, Internet, medical devices, mobile, security and software. He is a technology entrepreneur and has formed and ran multiple e-commerce and other Internet companies, which gives him a unique understanding of legal issues as viewed through the eyes of entrepreneurs. He also represents traditional brick and mortar businesses that produce profits and cash flow, anathemas to Silicon Valley startup companies.

Jim has nearly 15 years of legal experience in the following:

  • representing start-up and emerging growth companies at all stages of their development
  • assisting corporate, angel and venture capital firms with their investment transactions in the United States and China
  • forming angel investment and venture capital funds and providing advice to fund managers about their ongoing operations
  • leading exit transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and other restructurings
  • counseling clients on board management and corporate governance issues.

Jim has been involved in more than 250 investment and exit transactions during his legal career and, as importantly, a handful of exit or restructuring transactions as a business executive. His transactional experiences range from a few hundred thousand dollars to several billion dollars. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Jim managed hundreds of investment transactions as general counsel, Emerging Markets, with VantagePoint Capital Partners, a large venture capital and private equity firm. He benefits his client through his broad network of contacts in the angel investment and venture capital community.

He is a sought-after speaker on topics related to emerging companies, venture capital and related legal issues and an author of many articles on start-up business strategy. He is intrigued by innovation and regularly attends technology events to learn and exchange ideas about emerging technologies. He enjoys helping entrepreneurs hone their business plans and establish strategic objectives.

His recent clients include VantagePoint Capital Partners and Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, as well as accelerators, UpWest Labs and Management LLC. Jim has also been recently engaged to represent a large corporate investor in venture capital investments and a prominent family office in investment restructurings.

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