How to reference check your prospective investor

K9 Ventures

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

Launch Any

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.

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How to Make Better Reference Calls

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Hiring 101

Doing References on Potential Investors

Rob Go

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.

The Generic VC / PE Reference Questions For An Executive Hire

Feld Thoughts

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.

Entrepreneurs: Make Sure You Prepare Your Customers for Reference Calls

Allen's Blog

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

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?

Hiring Is No Longer About Resumes, Reference Checks, And Interviews

Inc Startups

Out-of-the-box hiring techniques to find exceptional employees - every time

How To Build a Business People Want To Refer

Duct Tape Marketing

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!

On References

Babbling VC

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.

Why Asking For References Is Useless, And What To Do Instead

Inc Startups

Are you still asking for references? Here's why that doesn't work, and what you can do instead to give yourself the best odds for finding a great match at work. How to Hire the Best

My Mentor Doesn't Want to Give Me a Reference

Inc Startups

And four other tough workplace situations.


Five Questions to Ask an Applicant's References

Inc Startups

One of the most important parts of the hiring process is reference checking. Do you know what questions to ask

3 Simple Tricks You Can Start Doing Tomorrow to Make Reference Checks Actually Useful

Inc Startups

I've figured out 3 simple tricks to make reference checks actually useful when trying to hire top talent. How to Hire the Best

Getting Referred to a New Job on LinkedIn Just Got Easier

Inc Startups

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

Inc Startups

References can often predict a candidate's future


Seven Reasons Why Customer Reference Programs Fail


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

Inc Startups

When don't have much good to say about a former employee, what should you tell reference-checkers

How to set up reference checks

High Contrast

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.

6 Reasons to Ignore a Bad Reference

Inc Startups

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

Inc Startups

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.

How to Make Better Reference Calls

Inc Startups

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


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.

Why Your Clients Don't Refer You and What to Do About It!

Inc Startups

You do outstanding work for your clients so how come they don't recommend you to their circle


Why Reference Accounts Are a Bad Idea

Inc Startups

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.

When Founders Refer To Their Company As “I”

Thinking About Thinking

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.

Hiring: Why You Can't Trust References

Inc Startups

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.

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When a Positive Reference Suddenly Turns Negative

Inc Startups

You thought you had a glowing reference locked down. what happened


Here’s How You Reference Check Your VC – And You Should

Inc Startups

And expect one or two CEOs may not be 100% fans


How Do You Reference Check a VC?

Both Sides of the Table

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

Inc Startups

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

Babbling VC

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.

Kevin Ryan: Reference Checks Are More Valuable Than Interviews

Inc Startups

According to Gilt founder Kevin Ryan, checking references will tell you more about a job candidate than the interview

Why Your Employees Are Ignoring Your Policy on References

Inc Startups

You should always take your attorney''s advice, except when you shouldn''t

Long Live the Reference Check

Inc Startups

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.

Giving a Reference for an Abusive Former Manager

Inc Startups

How honest should you be

How to combat negative investor sentiment? Use your customer references

Version One Ventures

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.

"Graph Theory" - Opportunities Beyond. - the vc in me. - Typepad

the vc in me

  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

Venture Chronicles

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?!

Jeff Hilimire

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.