Hiring and Firing

How Do You Get Great Talent To Join Your Unfunded Startup?

“Let’s meet for coffee,” I said to person I was recruiting. I’d done this a million times before. If I drank any more coffee, I might overdose on caffeine. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Let’s meet for coffee. Let’s meet for lunch. Let’s meet for tea. Let’s…

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How Do You Keep Talented Engineers From Quitting?

“Brett, I wanted to let you know I am going to retire,” Dave said to me. “What? Why!” I said getting my bearings. “You can’t retire! You’re too young to retire.” “I don’t want to retire,” Dave said. “But I’m being pushed out by ‘Ted’.” Dave was a cofounder of Maxim. Our revenue was at…

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How Much Equity Should You Give Your First Engineers?

If you want to build a great engineering team, then you have to get your equity grants right. And, you’ll blow it if you don’t this right. The good news is there are some rules you can follow to help you make good decisions about splitting your equity. I’ll explain how in this short video.…

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How Hiring Inexperienced People Can Help Your Team

There’s an old adage that, “You should never hire someone without experience” for your startup. The problem with this adage, like many adages, is its wrong! I’ll explain how hiring inexperienced people for your team can be a force multiplier in this short video.   Read The Transcript Below:   Okay, so why should you…

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What Are The Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Hire Someone?

You likely have some sort of criteria for the people you hire. So you should have a criteria for not hiring people too. The surprising thing I’ve learned is that a lot of CEOs don’t have a criteria for not hiring people. You don’t want to be one of those people. In this short video,…

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How Can You Keep Your Great Engineers From Quitting?

“Brett, I wanted to let you know I am going to retire,” Dave said to me. “What? Why!” I said getting my bearings. “You can’t retire! You’re too young to retire.” “I don’t want to retire,” Dave said. “But I’m being pushed out by ‘Ted’.” [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can…

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Why You Shouldn’t Hire Engineers That Are Jerks

No matter how good you think they might be, don’t do it! “Why are we interviewing this guy?” I asked Jeroen, our VP Engineering. “Look at his resume, he’s bounced from one company to the next.” “’Terry’s’ a really talented engineer,” Jeroen responded. “I think you should meet with him.” [Do you want to grow…

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How Do You Recruit Senior People To Your Tiny Startup?

Recruiting top talent to your startup is tough, especially if you’re trying to recruit people from large companies like Facebook. You’re not going to be able to overpay to get them. After all, they’re already likely making a lot of money. So what can you do to give yourself a fighting chance? I’ll go over…

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What You Need To Know About Reference Checks

I curled up on my bed in a fetal ball, sobbing. I kept repeating to myself: “What have I done?” “What have I done?” “What have I done?” Why was I crying? [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] It was October 2009. We had been raising money since…

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How Should You Keep Employees From Quitting

I was recently asked the question, “What should I do to keep an employee that has quit from leaving.” I was happy to answer the question because I have a perfect batting average as CEO of keeping employees from quitting. That’s right. 0.00%. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click…

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