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How To Hire An Outsourced Web Designer And Survive The Process

Last week I had a chance to interview Kyle Stalzer, President at Tackk (a portfolio company of my firm, ff Venture Capital), about an issue that’s top of mind for a lot of our companies: How to Recruit an A-Quality Designer for Your Company.  This week, I’ll discuss the second-choice alternative: [...continue reading]

How To Recruit A Great Designer For Your Company

ff Venture Capital just invested in Tackk, a new platform which allows you to creatively share anything on the web with no barriers to creation. The editing experience is amazingly simple.  Despite the robust capabilities, users can effortlessly create and style their pages without any learning [...continue reading]

Recruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers

I finally got around to posting the video from a Founder Institute class I taught earlier this year onRecruiting Hacks: How to Woo, Win and Recruit the High Performers . Although I focused on recruiting technical talent, my points are applicable to recruiting in general. Feedback always welcome! [...continue reading]

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 VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups

Drew Hansen just posted a very interesting piece on Forbes on, “How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups”.  He draws on the research study my coauthors and I are about to publish on best practices in how venture capitalists increase the odds of company success through operational [...continue reading]

Don’t hire people you know!

  Countless psychology studies have proven that we tend to like people who look and/or think like us.  Peter Salovey, Dean of Yale College and a Professor of Psychology, taught my “Introduction to Psychology” class in college.  On the first day of class, he asked,  “Do you want to know [...continue reading]

July 19 Dreamit Talk: Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers

On July 19, I'm giving a presentation to the current group of DreamIt Ventures companies in New York on “Best Practices in Recruiting High Performers.”  This is open to the public (no charge). Given the hyper-competitive market for talent in the New York tech world, I thought it would be [...continue reading]

Lessons from Facebook on Recruiting Elite Engineers

Following is a guest post from ff Venture Capital winter intern Max Segan, a Colgate senior majoring in computer science, who is starting at Facebook this summer as a software engineer. From our perspective, Facebook is both our friend (training hundreds of talented future entrepreneurs) and enemy [...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]

Valuing Startup Employee Options

This is the third of three blog posts on financial modeling for startups.  The first was on best practices in building financial models, and the second was a template financial model for a startup. I've often found it helpful to have on hand a simple model showing the impact of each financing [...continue reading]

How to ask your board for introductions

Venture capitalists and your other board members want to help you, and in fact are paid to help you.  As T.A. McCann suggests, you want your VCs ideally to not just make an introduction, but as appropriate, help you close the deal.  However, without some guidance from you, your board/VCs cannot [...continue reading]

7/28: How to Recruit Great Team Members to Your Startup

On Thursday, July 28th, DreamIt Ventures New York will be hosting a presentation by me on "How to Recruit Rockstar Team Members to Your Startup". I'd really appreciate your feedback on my draft slide deck, below. "David Teten will share his insights on the issues and challenges of building a [...continue reading]

Free webinars on interviewing, recruiting, employee screening, and social network recruiting

My friends at Accolo have some very worthwhile webinars available for free on their site. These are geared to hiring managers and recruiters. You can watch these at your convenience: The Inside Numbers on the Job Market and the Impending Hiring War How to Conduct the Perfect Interview [...continue reading]

Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs

I'll be presenting on April 27 to the Founder Institute Singapore on "Hiring and Firing for Entrepreneurs". My draft slide deck is below; I would welcome feedback. Recruiting Hacks from David Teten [...continue reading]