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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Tweet. --> It’s a big decision to make your first hire, because what you’re really deciding is whether you want to keep a lifestyle business or attempt to “cross the chasm” and maybe even get rich. You have to hire someone comfy with the bedlam of startup life.

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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. In the last week I had four separate groups through the ranch all wanting to talk either about hiring a senior exec or a senior exec looking for a new job.

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A Growing Startup Should Only Hire Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business.

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. For new entrepreneurs, this can be daunting. To answer this question, I turned to the Young Entrepreneur Council’s members, and asked for their advice.

13 Ways to Ensure You Always Hire the Right Person

Up and Running

Here at Palo Alto Software , we take hiring pretty seriously. I should know—we just wrapped up a lengthy hiring process within the marketing department. To that end, I reached out to the Young Entrepreneur Council , to ask for their advice on how to avoid hiring the wrong person.

Startups Need Employees Who React Like Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup lucky enough to get some traction gets to the point where they decide to hire some “regular employees” for sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. What they should be doing is hiring only “entrepreneurs,” meaning people who think and act as if this is their own business.

10 Ways To Kill A Growing Business With Bad Hires


Every startup with any traction quickly reaches a point where they need to hire employees to grow the business. At this point you need superstars and versatile future executives, yet your in-house hiring processes and focus are at their weakest. Image via Flickr by Hobvias Sudoneighm.

Is It Time to Hire an Employee?

Up and Running

It could be time to hire some help. If you own your own business and find that you simply don’t have enough time on your hands to be able to do all the things you need to do, you may be asking yourself should you hire an employee? . Should you hire a new employee?

10 Ways To Kill A Growing Business With Bad Hires

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup with any traction quickly reaches a point where they need to hire employees to grow the business. At this point you need superstars and versatile future executives, yet your in-house hiring processes and focus are at their weakest. business entrepreneur hires startup

15 Steps to Hiring Employees

Up and Running

If you’re ready to hire your first employee, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Before you hire your first employee, you’ll need to set up your EIN, or Employer Identification Number. See Also: Is It Time to Hire an Employee? Interview and hire.

A scaling playbook for entrepreneurs: Hiring for growth

The Next Web

Generally speaking, entrepreneurs are great at creating something from nothing. But that’s just square one – how do entrepreneurs grow a company from there? By understanding the skills you bring to the table and hiring strategically to close any gaps will enable your company to scale.

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The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

success story Blackboard and veteran entrepreneur who’s held several COO and president roles at various startups. Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. When should founders hire one? So Should You Hire a COO at Your Startup?

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How We Hire People: The Background Story Behind The Entrepreneurs-Journey.com Team

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

[ Download MP3 | Transcript Coming Soon | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Welcome to the first episode of the Entrepreneurs-Journey.com Podcast new ‘Solo Sessions‘ What is a ‘Solo Session’ you ask? How We Hire People.

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What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About HR And Startup Culture

YFS Magazine

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It is enough of a struggle to grow a company. The last thing you need is to manage HR functions by pen and paper and/or face stiff government penalties if you get it wrong.

Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Virtual Assistants

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The decision of hiring a virtual assistant is really important because not only will you be saving time and money, but it will also improve the productivity of your business. Avoid the following pitfalls to be able to make the most of your decision to hire a virtual assistant.

Why Should You Hire A Virtual Assistant?

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Simple, you can hire a virtual assistant to ease the burden of work on you. For example hiring someone to do the prior research and leaving the writing part which is your core competency on you. The post Why Should You Hire A Virtual Assistant?

How Entrepreneurs Select And Nurture Top Performers

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you need to avoid partnering with these people, or hiring them into your startup. The best entrepreneurs never confuse motion with results. entrepreneur get things done productivity top performers

27 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Being in love is great.

Hiring Too Fast vs. Hiring Prematurely

Mike Michalowicz

You may have heard the saying “Hire slowly. It is sage advice guiding us to take the necessary time to hire the right people the first go around, and removing unfit employees quickly. But entrepreneurs get confused around one facet of “hire slowly.” Hire prematurely.

6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, it’s no surprise that most entrepreneurs don’t have a background in hiring teams, and don’t have a budget for training or human resource consultants. Not planning ahead, and only hiring people in the crisis of an open position is a recipe for creating dysfunctional teams.

Entrepreneurs Who Improve Society Make More Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Hire the right team.

Learn From The Mistakes Of Others – Hire The Right People.


If you make common mistakes , like not hiring the right people, you’re heading for trouble. If, as Peter Drucker, the father of Management Science, pointed out, the purpose of a business is to acquire and keep a customer, your first order of business should be to hire the right people.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Create More Innovations

Startup Professionals Musings

She outlines four distinct ways that business people doing something for the first time, whether they be entrepreneurs, or people in a new role in a larger company, tend to think differently than experienced veterans. business entrepreneurs innovations Liz Wiseman startups

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup


There is so much written these days about how to attract investors that most entrepreneurs “assume” they need funding, and don’t even consider a plan for “bootstrapping,” or self-financing their startup. Invested Interests bootstrapping entrepreneur investor startup

5 Deadly Hiring Mistakes You Need to Avoid (Especially Entrepreneurs)

Inc Startups

There are numerous oversights that can making a successful hiring process impossible. Be sure these are on your radar

Hiring Efficiency Through Technology

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

The post Hiring Efficiency Through Technology appeared first on Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs. In every aspect of our lives, new technologies being presented to us on a daily basis.

12 Signs You Need to Hire a Manager

Up and Running

We asked 12 founders from the YEC to share with us when they knew it was time to hire a manager (or a few managers) to oversee the day-to-day activities of their business. There are many lagging signs telling you it’s time to hire someone to handle day-to-day operations.

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

This idea of flexible generalists hired early leads to another question: How do you then vet potential hires? I think the answer is tricky, depending on who you are as an entrepreneur. You and that early engineering hire need to approach the problem with intent and be informed. The post Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take appeared first on NextView Ventures. How do you build your engineering/dev team from the ground up?

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? Entrepreneur Insider Analysis and Opinion business hiring HRSo you’ve founded a startup. Congrats!

How Many Hats Should You Wear? When to Outsource As an Entrepreneur

Up and Running

There are a lot of different tasks that entrepreneurs need to attend to when building a business, particularly at the beginning. Here’s what you need to know about smart outsourcing as an entrepreneur. Sometimes, it’s better just to hire someone.

How Entrepreneurs Attract Friends, Family And Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Jupiter Labs Many first-time entrepreneurs find themselves unable to bootstrap their startups, and also unable to find early funding at the venture capital level or even with angel investors. Hire an attorney to make sure the terms are fair.

Startup Essentials: Hiring Done Right in China

Startup Noodle

Here is what this post is about: Hiring is the said to be the #1 thing a startup CEO should do. In this post I’ll cover best practices for hiring your first few employees and address some issues related to China specifically. Hiring is tough and exciting at the same time!

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The Real Reason Entrepreneurs Don’t Hire Their First Employee

Mike Michalowicz

I don’t have the money to hire someone! The real reason you keep putting off that first (or next) hire is that you will have to completely change your job. When you hire that first employee, they will likely take over 80% of your workload. If you continue to put off your first hire you are doing out of fear of your own growth. Entrepreneur Strategies Human Resources Management Strategies cost of hire fear of hiring first hire workload

10 Tips For Managing Entrepreneur Startup Overload

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Some people will tell you to just get a bigger plate, meaning hire some help. entrepreneur manage startup stress workload

Hiring Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”. Entrepreneur(Link) , Trak.in, May 21, 2013. Calvin Chu is a maker, gadget nerd, entrepreneur and product guy.

8 Entrepreneur Principles For Managing Your Destiny

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe starting a new business isn’t your passion, but in these days of rapid change, where everyone is dealing with uncertainty, I believe that thinking and acting like entrepreneurs will help you get ahead in any profession. business entrepreneur lifestyle Paul B.

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution


This post is part of our ReadWriteStart channel, which is dedicated to helping savvy entrepreneurs start and grow new businesses with resources, tips, insight and analysis. Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution. Youd think entrepreneurs would get the message. ReadWriteStart.

Startups Looking to Hire CU Students?

Feld Thoughts

It’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about and it is immediately actionable for every entrepreneur in Boulder and Denver. Dear Founders and Friends, As students at CU Boulder, we have noticed that there are many startups that would love hire more interns and full time employees from the university, and lots of students would love to work at a startup. Go sign up to hire some CU Students !

7 Reasons Companies Should Never Hire an Entrepreneur

Inc Startups

Many entrepreneurs are considered unemployable. Here are several reasons why it's best they just start their own company

Super-Successful Entrepreneurs: 6 Best Hiring Questions

Inc Startups

Top entrepreneurs on what to ask and why. Why wouldn’t I hire you? What’s the biggest misperception people have of you? Tony Hsieh, Zappos Why I ask it: “It’s interesting to see how self-aware candidates are.” ” 2. How do you unplug?