How to reference check your prospective investor
MARCH 20, 2017
Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. Here are some tips for founders when making this tough choice: Check references on your prospective investors. The best time to do investor references is when the investor has made an offer and before you make your decision on whom you’re going to work with. Be sure to do some off-list references.
Moving Beyond API Reference Documentation
DECEMBER 8, 2015
While it is an important step to create API reference documentation, focusing only on these docs can cause you to miss the hidden value that API documentation can bring to your customers and your team. Beyond API Reference Documentation.
Doing References on Potential Investors
AUGUST 9, 2016
When VC’s evaluate a founder or team, they rely heavily on references in their due diligence. When you are talking to a handful of investors fairly seriously, one or two references will suffice to give you a gut check of what you might be getting yourself into.
How to Make Better Reference Calls
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 6, 2014
Reference calls. Ask for at least 5 references. As your candidate for at least 5 references. Don’t worry about the fact that these are the references that the candidate has hand-picked – that’s part of the process. Getting off-list references.
The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire
MARCH 30, 2017
I’m on the receiving end of a lot of reference calls. Over time, I’ve developed an approach to doing reference checks, and they actively avoid asking any of the following questions. My answer to the last question is “Do you ever get tired of doing reference checks this way?” ” The post The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
Hiring Is No Longer About Resumes, Reference Checks, And Interviews
JULY 12, 2016
Out-of-the-box hiring techniques to find exceptional employees - every time
Entrepreneurs: Make Sure You Prepare Your Customers for Reference Calls
AUGUST 15, 2015
Practice varies, but quite often the last two due diligence items a VC will want to do before offering a term sheet are (1) personal references and (2) customer references. These should be done last because it's easy to "burn out" the person(s) giving the reference(s), and, so, entrepreneurs should not deplete that resource unless the prospective investor has done all their other due diligence and is on the verge of making an offer.
Would Your Employees Refer You?
Duct Tape Marketing
OCTOBER 21, 2011
Would Your Employees Refer You? I don’t know if my employees know how to refer me, or worse, I don’t know if they know if they would refer me. Or maybe you’re thinking, I wonder if there’s a way to get my employees to refer prospective team members?
How To Build a Business People Want To Refer
Duct Tape Marketing
JANUARY 24, 2013
We weren’t setting expectations about referrals early in the sales process, we weren’t making it easy for people to refer us to others, and we weren’t ASKING for referrals, even though most of our customers are happy to give them!
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Getting references seems like such a common sense thing to do. I'd even go as far as to admit that I value nothing more than references when it comes to hiring someone or working together with them. On many occasions I was asked to provide references. Therefore, if you only call the references which are provided, you'll get a skewed picture. Getting references is up to YOU. For some reason, I feel that it's a valuable option rarely used.
Five Questions to Ask an Applicant's References
MAY 3, 2016
One of the most important parts of the hiring process is reference checking. Do you know what questions to ask
Getting Referred to a New Job on LinkedIn Just Got Easier
JUNE 7, 2016
New features let you leverage your network to get to the top of the resume pile
The 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cut Corners On Reference Checks
JULY 3, 2015
References can often predict a candidate's future
Seven Reasons Why Customer Reference Programs Fail
OCTOBER 22, 2012
by Bill Lee, author of “ The Hidden Wealth of Customers: Realizing the Untapped Value of Your Most Important Asset “ Harnessing the power of references and referrals seems like an obvious win. Enthusiastic references are extremely valuable to a business.
What to Do When a Bad Employee Asks for a Reference
JUNE 18, 2015
When don't have much good to say about a former employee, what should you tell reference-checkers
6 Reasons to Ignore a Bad Reference
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Between the interview and the job offer come the reference and background check. Reference checks are generally necessary to lessen the chances of making a bad hire. But, there are sometimes you should think twice before taking a reference at face value.
The Real Reason to Check References
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
A reference check -- done properly -- can help. One of an entrepreneurs’ best friends, then, is the reference check. But for reasons both personal and legal, it can be hard to get good information out of even the most cooperative reference. Find third party references.
Why Your Clients Don't Refer You and What to Do About It!
JUNE 30, 2015
You do outstanding work for your clients so how come they don't recommend you to their circle
How to Make Better Reference Calls
APRIL 7, 2014
Here are some pointers on how to get the most truthful -- and useful -- references. Reference calls. Ask for at least 5 references As your candidate for at least 5 references. Don''t worry about the fact that these are the references that the candidate has hand-picked.
Why You Should Meet With Your Job References
JANUARY 21, 2015
I have an idea: One of your references might inadvertently be derailing your job search campaign. When a potential employer checks your references, it’s because they’re serious about hiring you. Here are five things to do when organizing your references: 1.
When Founders Refer To Their Company As “I”
Thinking About Thinking
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Yet, in the process of meeting with founders week-in and week-out, I have begun to notice that with some regularity, certain founders refer to their company as “I”. On the face of it, it might seem objectionable to refer to the collective efforts of many people in a company with a first person, singular pronoun. I don’t begrudge use of the term “I” to refer to the company because for many of these companies, without the founder, there would be no company.
Why Reference Accounts Are a Bad Idea
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
As sales tools, reference accounts are unreliable and fraught with peril. Many salespeople depend upon reference accounts to help convince potential customers to buy. There are three reasons reference accounts are dumb: 1.
How to set up reference checks
MAY 3, 2011
The part that is proving less fun is setting up references–it just takes too long to schedule them and it slows the entire recruiting process down. In fact, a back-channel reference currently takes me about 3-4x less time to get to than one a candidate provides. The typical process for setting up a reference check goes like this: Hiring manager asks for references. Candidate talks to reference about opportunity. Hiring manager talks to the reference.
When a Positive Reference Suddenly Turns Negative
MARCH 1, 2016
You thought you had a glowing reference locked down. what happened
Hiring: Why You Can't Trust References
DECEMBER 23, 2013
How one guy bought shockingly effective fake references on the Internet for $150. If you think you can''t get fooled in the hiring process by fake references, think again. For $150, any job candidate can purchase not only a fake reference, but an entirely fake job history.
Here’s How You Reference Check Your VC – And You Should
MAY 22, 2015
And expect one or two CEOs may not be 100% fans
How Do You Reference Check a VC?
Both Sides of the Table
FEBRUARY 8, 2010
How do you then reference check your VC to be sure that you’ve chosen a good firm and partner? First, I would say that most entrepreneurs do almost no reference checks or at least do them very informally. Happy reference checking.
Oops: Most Americans Say 'The Cloud' Refers to Weather
AUGUST 30, 2012
The tech industry is notorious for generating head-scratching buzzwords. But this one has even tech-savvy Millennials confused. Mention "the cloud" to most Americans, and you just might send them off in search of a weather report.
Be A Good Reference Or Just Shut It
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
I''ve done my share of reference calls in my career and to be honest, the majority were basically crap. This isn''t to say that I am the best individual when it comes to making reference calls but in hindsight I always wondered whether I benefited at all. Further, I always ended up questioning more why the person whom I spoke to was actually given as a reference. Therefore, this post is not about what to ask when doing a reference call.
Why Your Employees Are Ignoring Your Policy on References
OCTOBER 10, 2014
You should always take your attorney''s advice, except when you shouldn''t
Kevin Ryan: Reference Checks Are More Valuable Than Interviews
DECEMBER 5, 2013
According to Gilt founder Kevin Ryan, checking references will tell you more about a job candidate than the interview
How to combat negative investor sentiment? Use your customer references
Version One Ventures
APRIL 25, 2017
So whenever an investor voiced a concern about the category, Outreach simply asked that investor to call a few customer references. Those references always came back incredibly strong and Outreach was able to close an over-subscribed seed round with our friends at MHS Capital and Floodgate. But sometimes you can’t wait for investors to ask for those references; you’ve got to push them to talk to your customers. Use your customer references appeared first on Version One.
Giving a Reference for an Abusive Former Manager
OCTOBER 18, 2016
How honest should you be
Long Live the Reference Check
OCTOBER 7, 2013
When was the last time checking a job candidate''s references did you any good? For many managers, a reference check is little more than a rubber stamp, the very last thing you do--or someone in human resources does--before making a formal offer. Make it more than a rubber stamp.
"Graph Theory" - Opportunities Beyond. - the vc in me. - Typepad
the vc in me
AUGUST 27, 2011
I believe a foundation of this "new web" is the social graph - which is sometimes referred to as the friend graph. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference "Graph Theory" - Opportunities Beyond Facebook. EBay) referred to their product as building the "taste graph" -- quoting from the Wikipedia entry, "mapping every person to every entity -- and their affinity for that entity." the vc in me. Welcome!
Renewable Energy and Reality Based Reference Points
MARCH 7, 2011
I read a fantastic expose in the LA Times over the weekend about the Los Angeles Community College District’s impractical green energy plan and the money wasted pursuing politically popular policies that proved unachievable and wasted millions of dollars – taxpayer dollars – that could have been spent on students.
Can we please stop referring to tablets as mobile devices?!
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Thanks to @gumboshowjoe for sharing this mashable report on mobile commerce. Some really good stuff in it. However… My problem with reports like this is that they add tablets into their consideration set for “mobile” But tablets are mostly used at the same time and place a person would use a laptop. It confuses the results when you say “people shop more on mobile devices at night than they do on computers”, with the main source being tablets on the couch.
Fun - and funner - customer references
MARCH 21, 2013
When I met the Infor team last month, I heard about many of the micro-verticals they are pursuing. They are doing especially well in the hospitality business – and as they named some of the customers, I said, be nice. Cloud Computing, SaaS
3 Reasons You Should Never Call Yourself a "Thought Leader"
MAY 22, 2017
Sangram Vajre shares his 3 reasons why referring to yourself as a "thought leader" is not a good thing. Marketing
Getting Your Community Involved In Your Purpose
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Community really refers to everyone who touches or is touched by your brand