Startup & Hiring Advice from Founder of InterviewStreet, Vivek Ravisankar

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Vivek is a CS grad from India who worked at Amazon in the Kindle team as a developer. After a year, he quit Amazon to start Interviewstreet which was originally a platform to conduct mock interviews. The business model didn’t work and soon it evolved into a platform to help companies screen programmers. Interviewstreet is the first completely Indian based company to be selected by Y-combinator. Currently, the business has evolved and he heads HackerRank.com.

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Startup & Hiring Advice from Founder of InterviewStreet, Vivek Ravisankar

  1. 1. @33voices / www.33voices.com / chase@33voices.comInspirational Momentsfrom the Founder of10
  2. 2. NOTE:The following slides are highlightsfrom the interview by @MoeAbdou,founder & host of 33voices®.Click here to listen in
  3. 3. VivekRavisankarFounded Interviewstreet, the firstcompletely Indian based companyto be selected by Y-combinator.Former Amazonian in theKindle team as a developer.
  4. 4. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarHiring is a combination of talent & fit –but, it’s the fit that will havethe greatest impact on your retention.No.1
  5. 5. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.2It’s prudent to make your initial interviewa phone interview –use it to verify talent and to reject candidates.
  6. 6. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.3When you’re convinced of a potential fit,start with a small project tovalidate work style and chemistry
  7. 7. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.4Your hiring odds improve whenyou make it a team sport.involve and listen to the opinion of others.
  8. 8. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.5To find your winners,hire more of those who have failed the most
  9. 9. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.6In a startup,your first hire should be an office manager,and the second is your coach.33voicesVivek Ravisankar - Make your first hire an office manager (0.56)
  10. 10. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.7Find a coach who has done,very successfully,what you’re trying to achieve -You’ll shrink your learning cycle
  11. 11. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.8All startups should be datacentric -If you can’t measure everything,you’ll never optimize anything.
  12. 12. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.9Be cautious not to be lured by a candidate’sexperience and academic track record.Your best fit may be theone person that you’re ignoring
  13. 13. 33voices.com/Vivek-RavisankarNo.10If you’re a non-technical founder,give your coder the freedom to build and create,but let your ongoing user feedback tell youif the product is well built.
  14. 14. Really reflect...What have you learned fromyour biggesthiring mistake?Really reflect...
  15. 15. CONNECT WITH US!Tell us what you thinkChase@33voices.com

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