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How to Hire a New Employee and Make Sure You Don’t End Up Firing Them

(also posted in Forbes.) You just hired a new employee for $100K; congratulations! Recruiting is expensive.  You probably spent 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her (her recruiting cost ratio), and if she leaves early you’ll lose another 30-50% of her compensation recruiting her [...continue reading]

How To Start Your New Job And Not Get Fired

Congratulations on your new job!  Now, how do you make sure that you keep it? 46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success, according to a study by Leadership IQ. Of those that fail, only 11% lacked the necessary technical skills. The [...continue reading]

3 Ways Proven Executives Get Paid To Work With Startups

Drew Hansen recently posted in Forbes a summary of my presentation (included below) on Career Opportunities with Private Equity and Venture Capital Portfolio Companies. His article is here.     [...continue reading]

How to End Your Job Search: Post Job Campaign Considerations

This is a guest post from Jim Kacena, Career and Job Search Coach, in Chicago, IL.  I received the article below via the International Executives Resource Group, of which I’ve been a long-time member.  (The IERG is a gated online community for senior executives with strong international [...continue reading]

Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital

  ffVC is looking for interns.  Specifically, we are looking for an intern to join our team to finish out the Summer and transition into the Fall.  We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well.  If you're interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing [...continue reading]

Startup Idea/Seeking Developers to Bid on a Project

  I have a great idea for a product.  I’m looking for an entrepreneur to start a company to provide this product, or a development shop which wants to bid on this project. The big vision: one of the reason for the high valuation of Box and Dropbox is that they render the underlying [...continue reading]

Seeking CEO+Cofounders for Spinoff of VC-Backed Startup, W. 36th St.

- Do you have a great team but your product just isn’t working? - Are you thinking of applying to Y Combinator without an idea? - Does your team want to quit your day jobs and really kick-off a company? - Would you like to have a salary from day one of your startup? If the answer is yes to any [...continue reading]

Seeking WordPress Designer for my sites

I'm seeking an experienced Wordpress designer for both my personal use and for our portfolio companies; any suggestions? I want to upgrade two sites: - (my personal site) -, the marketing site for my book, The Virtual Handshake. These sites are [...continue reading]

Best Job Boards for Recruiting Startup Engineers

One of our portfolio companies asked me this week, “Do you all have a list of job boards your portfolio companies have had great success with in recruiting high quality engineers?” The unemployment rate for quality computer scientists/engineers in the major cities right now is zero; everyone [...continue reading]

Startup idea: marketplace for business research and students seeking internships / experience

We're looking to spend money with a startup business: a marketplace for businesses which want consulting research and students who want jobs, internships and experience. Specifically, we want a website where we can advertise the research topics that are important to us (e.g., best practices of [...continue reading]

Need Site Developer for Ecommerce Site, with Joomla expertise

A company I advise is  looking for a site developer; does anyone have any ideas? Primary Job Responsibilities We are looking for a part-time site developer to help migrate a Joomla and Virtuemart-based  Ecommerce site to a new server, and to perform ongoing maintenance and improvement of the [...continue reading]

Seeking Head of Engineering for Internet Finance Startup, NY

I'm in the midst of assembling the founding team for a new startup, and seeking a head of Engineering. I've attached details below. I welcome suggestions! Seeking Head of Engineering for Navon Partners, Internet Finance Startup, NY We are seeking a Head of Engineering for the founding [...continue reading]

Seeking Interns for Launch of New Internet Startup

We are seeking 1-3 volunteer interns (graduate or undergraduate) who would like to be part of the founding team for an Internet startup. This is an ideal project for a current or recently graduated student who is interested in learning more about social media, Web 2.0 technologies, and how to build [...continue reading]

Earn More Consulting Revenue from Gerson Lehrman and Other Expert Networks

A number of friends have asked me how to increase the amount of money they're earning as consultants from the major expert networks, such as GLG, Evalueserve Circle of Experts, Coleman Group, DeMatteo Monness , Guidepoint, and other expert networks. Following is a slide deck I've sent to a few [...continue reading]