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.

How To Hire Great Employees

YoungUpstarts

Look for these habits when you interview and make hiring decisions. Don’t hire people at any position if you don’t believe they can be decisive. Professionalisms hiring employees hiring practices human resources interview techniques job interviews Ross Kimbarovsky

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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”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products.

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.

5 Recruiting Hacks to Help Startups Hire Top Talent

Up and Running

First, take a few minutes to jump on Glassdoor and find out what people who work in the position you’re hiring for complain about. Type in the position you’re hiring for, clear the location. These are the “pain points” for your potential hires, coming from their own mouths.

How to Hire for Emotional Intelligence

Up and Running

The question then arises: How can a business hire for emotional intelligence? Here are some tips to help single out emotionally intelligent candidates in a hiring pool. See Also: How to Hire Your First Employee. See Also: Hiring for Personality Instead of Experience.

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?

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. When should founders hire one? There’s simply too much nuance and too many options, all with varied pros and cons, to suggest a silver bullet in your hiring process.

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Six Tips To Help Businesses Fix Their Broken Hiring Processes

YoungUpstarts

by Scott Wintrip, “ High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant “ Everyone knows that hiring within an organization can be a stressful, confusing, and tedious process. Use a hiring team to avoid making bad hires.

Productivity Tips For Small Business Owners

YoungUpstarts

There are a lot of amazing tools and hacks out there that can help you boost productivity and have enough time for yourself after work. If done right, planning can truly affect your productivity and effectiveness in a positive way. Hire Freelancers.

The Psychology of Hiring Great People

crowdSPRING Blog

Each person we hire contributes to not only the development of the product, but also to the productivity of the team and overall company culture. This is especially dangerous when hiring mistakes happen at a time when the company is still young and its culture is loosely defined.

Traction vs. Product

Rob Go

Option 2 is to focus on product (and proof points more broadly). The product and proof strategy might also fail at the series A. But… I think the best way to build a great business is to focus on product and proof. The post Traction vs. Product appeared first on ROBGO.ORG.

5 Ways To Boost Productivity And Minimize Negativity

Startup Professionals Musings

These people don’t seem to realize that they are hurting themselves, as well as other people’s productivity, and jeopardize the future of the company they are working for. No startup can afford that huge cost in emotional capital, as well as productivity! Don’t hire them.

Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

Feld Thoughts

If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. I know there is a lot of advice going around right now – especially in the bay area – that you should focus on your product, start getting customers (or users), make them deliriously happy, and not worry about the rest of stuff for a while. At Feld Technologies, our fourth employee (hired in 1989) did all of our accounting.

Is This Ex-Googler’s Pre-Product Approach the Fast Track to Product-Market Fit?

View from Seed

Starting in 2009, Savoia began using an approach as an engineering director at Google that helped the tech giant know whether it was about to build the right product for the market … or a product that would flop. AS: Once you have a proven product (i.e.,

10 Ways To Kill A Growing Business With Bad Hires

Gust

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.

6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree. In my role as a business advisor, I see successful businesses most often emerging from great teams rather than great products.

7 Traits That Define Work Productivity Superstars

Startup Professionals Musings

That's why recognizing, hiring and retaining the most productive people is “job one” for every leader in every business. Highly emotional reactions and outbursts are rarely productive in business environments. business entrepreneurs productivity startup superstars

The Illusion of Product/Market Fit for SaaS Companies

Feld Thoughts

“We have product/market fit.” ” “We are searching for product/market fit.” ” “We are raising this financing to find product/market fit.” ” “Our customer traction demonstrates product/market fit.” ” Product/market fit. I was in a meeting a month ago with a company I’m on the board of where product/market fit was asserted. When you have $0 of MRR, you have no product/market fit.

How Packaging Design Can Help Create a Winning Product

Up and Running

Picture a supermarket with thousands of products. It’s been said time and time again that a consumer will dedicate a maximum of around four seconds of consideration to any product on the shelf and will make between 70 and 80 percent of their purchasing decisions while inside the store.

Hiring The First Batch Of Employees For Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

One of the first things that you need to do is hire your first batch of employees. But if you’ve never hired people before, it can be daunting. For a start, you will need to decide how many people you need to hire in your startup.

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

YoungUpstarts

It’s not enough to launch a startup that offers a new product or service that shakes up the market. If you make common mistakes , like not hiring the right people, you’re heading for trouble. Hiring the right people is not as easy as it may seem. Cost of Hiring Bad Employees.

A Holistic View of Products and Product Management

Instigator Blog

My definition of “product” is broader than most. I think of product as everything and anything a company outputs that touches customers. Your product isn’t just the physical item you deliver to customers, or the software that your customers use. Product = Customer Experience. This means your product includes your website. This holistic view of product also impacts product management.

8 Secrets You Need to Know to Get Your New Hire Productive in Record Time

Inc Startups

Hired a new team? Follow this guide to make them rapidly productive

Hiring Writers at Your Startup? Scrap Your Usual Approach

View from Seed

The best writer I ever hired at a startup wasn’t a former journalist. The best writer I ever hired at a startup didn’t have a resume. The best writer I ever hired at a startup is trying to work at your startup all the time, but 99 out of 100 times, you pass.

Training is Product Management

The Product Guy

Recently, I had the unique pleasure of being interviewed on the product management podcast, This is Product Management. As Founder of The Product Group and The Product Mentor I share insights on how product managers can find mentors, how to get new hires up to speed, and how senior product managers can grow into leaders. Highlights (4:58) Why does Jeremy think mentorship is so important to product managers? (12:10)

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

What job are users hiring your product to perform?

Chris Dixon

One of Clay Christensen’s favorite concepts is that instead of dividing your customers into segments and asking which features each segment would like, you should think about what “job” the customers are “hiring” you product to perform. The company started by segmenting its market both by product (milkshakes) and by demographics (a marketer’s profile of a typical milkshake drinker). Sometimes products that might appear similar (e.g.

The Product Designer Role

SVPG

The Product Designer Role. You got the go ahead to hire some in-house designers. Your next task is to define the product design role within your company. The way that products are created has changed dramatically in recent years and new models for design are a critical part of this. Here's a short list of important attributes of the modern product designer role: (1) Product Orientation. Good product designers anchor their work with a broad view of UX.

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 Key Executive – Tips For The Hands-On CEO

YoungUpstarts

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. This results in a “watered down” hire.

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. Then they are surprised to see productivity and creativity take a big dip.

Hiring Your First Engineer: A Technical Entrepreneur’s Take

View from Seed

You need to bring in the right people to build your product. This idea of flexible generalists hired early leads to another question: How do you then vet potential hires? ” There are few things worse than when your product is really starting to get traction and you want to step on the gas but run into an innovation wall because “our system just isn’t setup to do that — we’d have to basically re-write the whole thing to add that sort of support.”.

Recap: Product Panel: How to build a customer-driven product team

The Product Guy

Originally posted to Alpha UX Blog (written by Nis Frome) and reblogging to further share the great evening we had discussing the Future of Product Management and Product Career Development (Finding / Hiring / Recruiting). Product management is not glamorous.

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.

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 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. Hire the best person for that role. Examples: You hire the VP of Engineering for Facebook.

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[Infographic] The Financial Cost Of A Bad Hire

YoungUpstarts

The best recruiters know this fact: always hire the best talent one can afford. It’s not only because great hires add tremendous value to the company; the problem is that the opposite is also true – there’s a cost that comes with poor hiring decisions.

The Product Jobs

The Product Guy

I believe in a growing and vibrant product person community. That is, in part, why I founded The Product Group , the largest product management meetup in the world, providing product people of all types a laid-back conversational place to go to network, learn, and talk.

Ensuring Productivity In Virtual Teams

Inc Startups

Ensuring Productivity In Virtual Teams- Stephanie Schwab, CEO of Crackerjack Marketing, discusses the benefits of having a completely virtual company, and some strategies to maintain high productivity if you do. How to Hire the Best