"How do you nurture leadership? For me it's simply about giving people the chance to succeed. Every couple of months we think, What are the big jobs that need to get done? And I put one person against each of those. I do that independent of where they sit in the organization or their level of seniority. By doing that not only do we have a very agile team of people delivering key objectives, but I give those people great opportunity to demonstrate their leadership potential." -- Craig Donato
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Craig Donato is the founder and CEO of Oodle, a consumer internet company whose mission is to provide online tools that make it easier to buy, sell, and give locally. Found online at www.oodle.com, Oodle is currently available in several markets, including Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, and Dallas, among others.
Prior to Oodle, Donato was CEO of Grand Central Communications, which provides an internet service for business-to-business integration.
Before joining Grand Central, Donato was a senior vice president at Excite@Home where he oversaw the Excite Search and Community business units and managed Network Programming.
Donato holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.