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How To Hire Your First Employee


by   Anand Srinivasan, founder of    . Hiring employees can be time consuming and an expensive process.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hiring – Easy as Pie

Steve Blank

Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten involved in hiring for two startups, a public agency and a non profit. Don’t even start with the job spec.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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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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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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. 

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

And yet, many of the greatest success stories of the internet era involve founder/professional CEO partnerships. Moral Authority. The Web 2.0

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?

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.

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.

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.

Five Pitfalls of Seed Round Hiring

This is going to be BIG.

Most companies don't get to do more than a handful of hires during their seed round--so the idea of a "recruiting process" might seem a little bit heavy handed. Did you ever bother writing them down, telling interested hires about them, or using them as any kind of meaningful filter? Answer: As early as possible.

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).

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.

A few thoughts on inclusive hiring

David Cohen

” Your hiring managers and employees tend to hear this as “hire people like us.” Limit “required experiences” in job descriptions. I was reminded of the things that really matter when hiring employees. We tend to hire people that are “like us.” Skills matter. Startups

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.

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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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

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

Brandi Temple's Controversial Hiring Strategy

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

During the economic downturn, Brandi Temple, founder of children''s fashion line Lolly Wolly Doodle, hired as many people as possible. Here''s what worked--and what didn''t

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.

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 ).

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.

Google Founders Define the Meaning of ‘Exceptional’

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some lessons from the book that all entrepreneurs should wish they could emulate: Independently outstanding, but complementary founders.