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Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Ask a founder of a growing startup what they need most, and you’ll often get an answer along the lines of, “We need great people, and we need them fast.”. 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

OnStartups

It’s time to make that first sales hire. The right call can establish the rocket-ship revenue chart every founder dreams of. At HubSpot , I hired over 200 salespeople. Here are five mistakes I see many founders make when hiring their first salesperson.

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. Their responses ranged from practical tips on hiring to what to look for in a first employee. See Also: Is It Time to Hire an Employee? Hire for your weaknesses.

How To Hire Your First Employee

YoungUpstarts

by Anand Srinivasan, founder of LeadJoint.com . This is not a bad thing per se and could be an indication of more solopreneurs finding enough success to grow their business into something larger by hiring people to work for them.

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. Start with existing co-founders, extend the request to advisors and investors, and finally to existing team members. entrepreneur recruiting startup technical co-founder

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, they can outsource part of the work or hire employees, but that approach means more time and money to manage the work, which they don’t have. 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. Three co-founders is acceptable, but anything beyond that the chances of success of the company may actually decrease. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup. Hire to offload.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign.

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? “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like web/mobile startups have it easy. Trying to figure out what the right set of co-founders isn’t so clear.

Book: The Founder’s Dilemmas

Feld Thoughts

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. The Founder’s Dilemmas was the first. I get asked endless questions about founder dynamics, solo founders, optimal number of founders, equity allocations between founders, roles of founders, alignment between founders, and investor – founder relationships. Books hbs noam wasserman the founder's dilemmas

Startup Founders’ Favorite Interview Questions to Judge Early Team Fit

View from Seed

At seed-stage startups, especially companies with well-networked founders and investors, finding applicants who can do a job on paper is not overly difficult. Here’s what we learned… Hire a Missionary. Ben Rubin , Co-founder & CEO, 10% Happier.

Toms Founder on the Biggest Hiring Mistake He Ever Made

Inc Startups

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

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. If you have a repeatable sales process and just need someone who can scale transactional sales, this is the level you are hiring.

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Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data. You now have two issues: sourcing and hiring. Have they found and hired developers?

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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. As I’ve progressed in my career, however, I’ve come to believe in the importance of another, less discussed principle as the company grows: Hire people who are different from you, and who will have the courage to challenge you when it matters. Time to step up: Hiring the VP of Sales. Hiring different at Opsware.

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

Reid Hoffman

20 years ago, the classic startup model was to have young founders start a breakthrough company, then bring in “grey hair” in the form of experienced executives once it was time to scale the business. Couldn’t we just hire a COO and have you stay as CEO?”.

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

View from Seed

I recently chatted with Saurya about how he approaches hiring engineers at Google and what founders can learn. We also talked about how he’d want to be interviewed if approached by a non-technical startup founder. (I’ve Seek to match new hires to that.

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

joel.is

Looking back to the early days of my first startup attempt, I think something that kept me going was that I continually read books about startups and entrepreneurs and watched as many interviews of founders as I could find. I strive every day to meet ( and hire ) more people I can learn from.

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

SoCal CTO

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? Hiring seems to be the preferred use of seed funds (by investors and founders), whereas I'd prefer a focus on customer acquisition.

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. Getting the founder model right is critical because the founder is the soul of a company. the founder becomes CTO).

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

I covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. It is increasingly popular to have “founder dating&# or “startup weekend hackathons&# of some variety or the other. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder. Involve them in fund raising, hiring, strategy, etc. Publicly call them a co-founder.

3 Critical Questions To Consider Before Hiring Your First Salesperson

YoungUpstarts

by Jonathan Whistman, author of “ The Sales Boss: The Real Secret to Hiring, Training and Managing a Sales Team “ Most of get into a particular business because we love whatever the idea or market is that we’ve decided to pursue. Do you have the finances to hire a salesperson?

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

SoCal CTO

Several people have recently come to me to help them source and/or hire full-time CTOs for their startup having found me through my post that looks at: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data. You now have two issues: sourcing and hiring. Have they found and hired developers?

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

YoungUpstarts

By Ali Behnam, co-founder of Riviera Partners. The new hire process, particularly at the executive level, is a significant decision and can be quite involved. The best hiring CEOs understand they are the ones ultimately making the decision and drive the decision-making process.

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. The post AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Earlier this year, we took part in a $50 million Series D investment round in AppDirect.

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. However, these early employees will not only have a lasting impact on the DNA of the company, but hopefully they'll be some of the most important hires you'll ever make. (If If they turn out not to be, you probably hired poorly.) 2) They hire a guy they know. 5) They hire for the wrong set of needs.

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. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.”. Do not add founders to enhance fundability.

3 Tips For Hiring Managers On How To Recruit Veterans

YoungUpstarts

by Justin Constantine , founder of The Constantine Group. It’s great that so many businesses are saying they want to hire veterans. Here are three tips for hiring managers looking to recruit veterans: 1. Corporate America has hiring managers ; the military has recruiters.

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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? Founders typically revert to whatever they’re already expert in, and decide they need more of that. If I hire someone to do X, I’ll have time for Y and Z. Hire the best person for that role.

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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. The best founders know how to pull the best out of others. The founder needs to be a mentor and advisor, as well as a leader.

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. Career Entrepreneurship Founders

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. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them.

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. That feedback is a testament -in part- to the effort we put into hiring and interviewing people. I’ve seen a lot of different hiring strategies, from the nonchalant to the super intense (even more than our approach, which I’ve shared below.) Note: Most of the hiring we did was in 2007-2008.

Google Founders Define the Meaning of ‘Exceptional’

Startup Professionals Musings

To check out the Google founders, and because I still see so many business plans that are modeled after Google (more search engines, and more billion dollar growth models), I had to take a look at the definitive book about them, called “ Inside Larry & Sergey’s Brain ,” by Richard L.

4 hiring lessons I learned founding a startup

The Next Web

You might think that you have better things to do as a founder, like raising funding, securing partnerships, and generally being the face of the company. But your number one job is to build a successful company, and you do that by hiring the right people. So you’ve founded a startup.

If I were a Founder

Hazard Lights

Inspired by a tweet stream of consciousness by Danielle Morrill, the Founder of Mattermark, on what she would do if she was a VC, a jotted down a few notes on what I would do if I was a founder. A recruiter would be one of my first hires after raising a Series A #ifiwereafounder.

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution

www.readwriteweb.com

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution. Pinterest can hire, Square can hire, Dropbox can hire - these companies have a clear demand for their products and are becoming market leaders," explains Naval Ravikant, founder of startup advice site Venture Hacks. ReadWriteStart.

A few thoughts on inclusive hiring

David Cohen

” Your hiring managers and employees tend to hear this as “hire people like us.” I was reminded of the things that really matter when hiring employees. One of my personal mentors, Walt Winshall, once shared with me the quote “Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third: capacity; fourth: understanding; fifth: knowledge; and last and least, experience. We tend to hire people that are “like us.”

Startups Looking to Hire CU Students?

Feld Thoughts

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. We have created a simple form to get a better idea of the positions available for students at startups that we would greatly appreciate if you could fill out: I’d like to hire some CU Students! Go sign up to hire some CU Students !

Why tech founders can’t hire in early salespeople

The Startup Toolkit

Spoiler: You can’t hire out sales because in the early days it’s about learning, not selling, and hired guns can’t bring back bad news. As a tech founder doing sales, you’ll find yourself constantly fantasising about hiring in a sales guy to take all your pain away. And when hired guns bring back bad news, they either get fired or ignored. The founders have to do the early sales.

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