Hiring / Culture

5 rules to follow to attract top talent to your startup in the ‘burbs

The allure of working in the city, especially when you’re young, is great.  The diversity of people, restaurants, things to do.  The flexibility of mass transit.  The glamour of high...

Co-Founders & Building Out Your Core Team... Advice From Rob May & Adam McGowan

When you ask startup founders what one of the most challenging aspects of building a successful company is, team-building is high on the list. Sourcing great team members in

“Stanford & MIT” Recruiting Fatigue – Here’s What to Do About It

It keeps coming up more frequently in conversations with startups, especially ones with a ton of momentum and a track record of success recruiting on campus...

The Talent Mindset of Lean, Mean, Fighting Machines (or “How Best to Position to Win Against Google”)

We’ve interacted and worked with with dozens of startups around their campus recruiting initiatives and have observed many more. When it comes to recruiting technical talent from...

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 several...