Hiring / Culture
Don’t “Waste” Your Time at a Campus Career Fair: 5 Steps to Take
Unless you have a strong presence on campus or possess a notable brand, most startups struggle to yield great results from participating in University Career/Recruiting Fairs. First and...
Are Rotational Job Programs Right for You?
Many students and new grads may be unsure of their long-term career aspirations and are fearful of being locked into an initial position that may ultimately not be a great fit...
Struggling to Attract Top Talent? It Might be Time to Build a Talent Factory
As the Director of Talent for OpenView Venture Partners, I’ve experienced a number of situations that have taught me what to do and what not to do when recruiting...
The 8 Characteristics for Successfully Recruiting on Campuses
The savvy startup knows that being highly effective at recruiting top students is quite different than recruiting experienced professionals. For every HubSpot, Square...
Talent War: Exploring the State of Recruiting Top Tech Talent
In September 2012, Microsoft published a report on the state of technical talent in the United States that was eye opening, even if it wasn’t shocking. In it, the tech giant..
3 Steps to Making A+ Hires that Fit
We all know a company is only as
good as its team, which is why the hiring process is so critical as you
build out your venture. And anyone who has made a bad hire along...
Hire Top Candidates in 21 Days or Less. Here's How
As they say in sales: "Time kills all deals." But the statement applies to recruiting, too. Here's a dreadful scenario you'll find familiar. You and your team
spend countless hours..
A few quick thoughts on negotiating your offer
I don’t usually talk much about negotiating but think it’s something that is worth mentioning because a lot of people struggle with it.....with that, in no order...thoughts on...
4.4 Million Big Data Jobs? Not So Fast
Gartner made headlines recently when it predicted big data would create
4.4 million jobs by 2015. The analyst firm opined that there’s not
enough hired talent to...
MassChallenge Looking to Expand Team with Technical Lead
As we kick off 2013, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part
of Boston startup ecosystem with all of the amazing people, resources and great
community it boasts...
5 Tips for Defining a System of Core Values
For many new companies, the first few months – and sometimes years – are just focused on getting things off the ground. Creating a solid business model, securing funding...
How Expensive is it to Hire Startup Engineers?
You are starting a new software company and you need to put
together a business plan. Part of that plan is a budget, and most of the
near-term expenses in that budget are...
Firing someone: If you are successful, at some point you are going to have to do it.
I can’t say how often I have been called the first time an entrepreneur
has to fire someone. BTW, I get that call from seasoned execs as well.
Nobody likes to do it and...
How to prepare for a job interview at an Internet company
As anyone who has started a company will tell you,
the people you hire into your company are *critical* to the long-term
success of the business. The employees set the tone and vibe...
5 Ways to Attract Top Talent
Everyone knows that it's difficult to attract top talent, especially if
your company is relatively new and unknown. Here are some strategic
ways to help you build buzz around...
Welcome to the Dog House
So you really want to know what
it’s like inside one of the best technology incubator spaces in the
country? Well, allow me to introduce the one, the only, One Cambridge...
Top 10 Articles to Help Entrepreneurs Find a Co-Founder
You’re an entrepreneur with a great startup venture idea. You could go
it alone, or you could find a co-founder. Why is the latter a good
idea? Well, first and foremost, studies...
The Secret Sauce: Community, Culture and Collaboration
It’s fun to work for a tech company. Actually – it’s really,
really fun to work for a tech company: people work hard, play hard, and have a
strong sense of camaraderie...
Many Small Stock Grants Over Time Should Be the Rule in Start-Ups
In my last post, I wrote about how important it is for founders to take a proactive and decisive approach to crafting their ownership models – to the extent of being...
5 Tips to Recruit a Star Candidate
You know the scenario: You have a mission-critical position open at your
company, and the right candidate has been impossible to find. You might be looking for the...
Hiring Tips for First-Time Entrepreneurs
You're a first-time entrepreneur. You have an idea that will change
the world and you have been fortunate to find an investor to fund it.
Now you're faced with your...
Why Sales or Product are the smartest career choices - but only for now
Recently our CEO Brian Halligan said during an employee gathering that
there are only two jobs worth having at a company – either building the
product or selling it. The blunt..
Scaling for Growth? How to Hire Superstars
The idea is working… you have great investors, you have
hired exceptional people, your core product is built, your customers are happy
and they want to know what is coming...
Be Quick But Don't Hurry
One of many famous credos of the late, great Coach John Wooden. Everybody talks about moving at web speed. As it applies to making decisions about All Things People...
If You Can’t Recruit a Tech Co-Founder, Learn to Market, Not to Code
I’ve noticed a growing amount of advice for business entrepreneurs on
how to find a technical co-founder. The advice seems to be “don’t delay
if you can’t find one; learn to code.” It’s really...
Tips on building out your early stage marketing team
I’ve been getting this question often: “What positions do
you fill first when building early stage marketing teams?” Well. Here’s the deal. I’ve been fortunate enough to work at
The Truth About Your Next Hire
Checking references is a normal part of the hiring process. Although
they are meaningful, it is unlikely that a candidate is going to give
you a set of references that don’t speak...
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses: actually the most important interview question
One of the most clichéd interview questions is “what are your strengths
and weaknesses.” Most of us have heard it so many times that we’ve
prepared for it extensively. Often we...
Why Your Startup Needs an Engineering Blog
As a tech startup, you'll need all the help you can get to attract software engineers and web development talent. You need to somehow differentiate yourself from all the other companies...
Five reasons why you should find what you love and double-down on it
You know when you meet someone and at first you don’t really hit it off
so well…you don’t seem to have much in common? And then, all of a
sudden, you hit on a topic...