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Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

That means every entrepreneur needs to learn how to attract, hire, and manage technical people for their team. Are you there? Martin Zwilling.

How to Hire Your First Employee

Up and Running

Before you get there, however, you have to actually complete the interviewing, hiring, and onboarding process. Hire for your weaknesses.

Understand learning profiles before hiring

Version One Ventures

The takeaway for founders and hiring managers. So, what’s the implication for founders and hiring managers?

5 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Salesperson


It’s time to make that first sales hire. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. agree.

Startup Founders’ Favorite Interview Questions to Judge Early Team Fit

View from Seed

Here’s what we learned… Hire a Missionary. Ben Rubin , Co-founder & CEO, 10% Happier. Scott Britton , Co-founder, Troops.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Network to find co-founders just as you network to find investors.

Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign. Book of Five Rings. Customer Discovery. This was a great call. Whoah.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Who can I hire later? Are We Missing A Founder?

How do I figure out who my next important hire should be?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The question is: How do you decide what role is most important to hire for? If I hire someone to do X, I’ll have time for Y and Z.

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3 Critical Questions To Consider Before Hiring Your First Salesperson


It seems that of all of the items a founder wants to get off their plate and on to someone else’s is the role of selling.

Toms Founder on the Biggest Hiring Mistake He Ever Made

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Blake Mycoskie, founder of the "one-for-one" shoe company, explains why he no longer hires people based on their resumes

4 hiring lessons I learned founding a startup

The Next Web

But your number one job is to build a successful company, and you do that by hiring the right people. What if you hire the wrong people?

Hire Different!

John O'Farrell

Every aspiring CEO has heard of David Ogilvy’s famous admonition , usually paraphrased as “Hire people smarter than yourself” or words to that effect.  In my case, following that good advice has not been hard.  Time to step up:  Hiring the VP of Sales. Virtually all of your early hires will have been engineers or developers. 

A founder’s advice on hiring a VP of Sales

Version One Ventures

One of the best parts about having a strong portfolio filled with smart people is the wise advice that founders share with each other. In this case, one of V1’s portfolio companies has been looking to hire a VP of Sales and I asked Jon Zimmerman ( @jpzimmerman ), CEO of Front Desk , to share his experiences and insight on the matter.

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Book: The Founder’s Dilemmas

Feld Thoughts

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. Noam systematically marches through all of the major dilemmas I could think of for founders: career, solo-vs-team, relationship, role, reward, hiring, investor, failure-vs-success, founder-CEO succession, and wealth-vs-control.

The 2 Traits That Matter Most When Hiring Great Employees

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Mark and Chris Edwards, co-founders of the chocolate brand Snappers, explain why they don't look for individual superstars when hiring

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

strive every day to meet ( and hire ) more people I can learn from. 5. Advice Founder Startup Entrepreneur Tweet. Buffer. Experiment.

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. the founder becomes CTO).

AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

We first met the founders of AppDirect – Daniel Saks and Nicolas Desmarais – when they acquired Standing Cloud , a Boulder-based portfolio company of ours. A few months after the acquisition, they raised a Series C round led by Mithril which we participated in. That last part is particularly interesting from our perspective.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# So embedded is this conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley that it feels like heresy to even question it. It’s Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder.

4 Extreme Hiring Tactics

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bad hiring has a nasty ripple effect. Here’s how four other entrepreneurs are hacking hiring: 1. Vote Early; Vote Often. ” 2.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

recently chatted with Saurya about how he approaches hiring engineers at Google and what founders can learn. What have they accomplished?

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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How to Find a Co-Founder

How to Change the World

After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Do not rush.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup


The first thing I do is suggest they explore if they really need to hire a full-time CTO for their startup and if so, what kind of CTO they need.

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3 Tips For Hiring Managers On How To Recruit Veterans


by  Justin Constantine , founder of The Constantine Group. It’s great that so many businesses are saying they want to hire veterans. But

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Hiring A Key Executive – Tips For The Hands-On CEO


By Ali Behnam, co-founder of  Riviera Partners. This results in a “watered down” hire. Be Humble. Sell the Dream.

Can't Find a Technical Co-Founder? Do It Yourself

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the first part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit.  I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them. We Were Screwed.

Want to Start a Company? Don't Hire Your Friends

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Jessica Mah, co-founder of InDinero, describes how she learned the hard way to seek out employees with the right skills and experience

How To Design a Successful Interview Process for Hiring Top Talent

Instigator Blog

Most companies don’t have a serious, repeatable interviewing process for hiring. At Standout Jobs (2007-2010) we hired some great people. Note: Most of the hiring we did was in 2007-2008. Both my co-founder (Fred Ngo) and I reviewed resumes. Hiring the right people is extremely hard. (Powered by LaunchBit ).

How to Hire the Best People When You Don't Have Money or a Reputation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Jim Schleckser, CEO of the CEO Project, explains why founders should make their hiring process extremely rigorous

7 Ways Founders Demonstrate They Can Run A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Because there are so many unknowns, and things are happening so fast, this is no time to delegate or hire outside consultants to handle core functions.

Hiring a data-driven modern marketing team

The Next Web

Nick is the founder and CEO of Delmondo. Modern marketers look at things like working dollars vs. non-working dollars. CRM, CPM, CPA, and CPC.

If I were a Founder

Hazard Lights

My early hires would be people right on the fine line between crazy good and crazy crazy #ifiwereafounder. ifiwereafounder.

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?


Using my StartupRoar as a radar, I came across a great post by Gabriel Weinberg Do you really need a full-time hire for that? Far from it.

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Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

” Many companies have hired ahead of their growth rate because they had the cash to do so. have two simple rules for founders in my head from this experience. Deal with reality as a founder as well as an investor group and avoid this complexity – just clean up your cap table instead. It’s simply not true.

The ferry driver, the founder, and the freelancer

The Startup Toolkit

Back then, most people couldn’t swim, so they would hire a small boat and a driver to take them across the rivers.

A Tech Founder's Guide To Picking A Non-Tech Founder


As a non-technical cofounder your job ranges from product to hiring to taking out the trash. Why It’s Hard. The Most Common Mistakes.