melissa and jonathan nightingale

Melissa & Jonathan Nightingale

Co-Founders, Raw Signal Group

About Melissa & Jonathan Nightingale

Johnathan and Melissa Nightingale are the co-founders of Raw Signal Group and the best-selling authors of How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership. Raw Signal Group offers management and leadership training for growing organizations. No trust falls. Just concrete skills for teams that need to do hard things.

ZWe’ve been building and leading in tech companies for 20 years. We kept seeing founders frustrated at how hard it was to get things done, and leaders running as fast as they could to figure it all out from scratch.

We started Raw Signal Group with the central belief that it doesn’t have to be that way. This stuff is all learnable. Great leaders are made, not born.

Raw Signal Group

How did you get started?

We come from 20 year careers in technology and both held executive roles at our last startups before founding Raw Signal Group. We kept seeing tech companies make the same mistakes over and over again around leadership and management.

What's the most exciting thing that’s happened since launching your company?

When we first got rolling, people didn’t really understand what we were trying to do. And a lot of friends and family were deeply skeptical of us choosing to co-found together. It’s been awesome to bring folks along on this journey and have them get what we’re up to. This is genuinely the best work of our lives. We feel so fortunate.

What's the biggest roadblock you’ve faced running your company?

In the early days, we didn’t have our own space and we used to live like turtles. We’d bring everything in on our backs for every single program we ran. This also meant our house was functioning as our office and with two young kids, it got a bit chaotic. Also we don’t have a/c at home and we were founding in the summer. Blerg.

What is your favourite spot in Toronto?

The beach. I moved from California to Toronto and just love being near sand and a big body of water. It’s not an ocean but we did a LOT of walking along the boardwalk when we were writing the book and founding the business. It’s a great place to get fresh air. .