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Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran
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Should you be working in a tech startup? - Brian Corcoran

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Stipso co-founder and chief commercial officer Brian Corcoran on the challenges and joys of working for and recruiting to an early-stage technology startup. Adapted from a presentation given at …

Stipso co-founder and chief commercial officer Brian Corcoran on the challenges and joys of working for and recruiting to an early-stage technology startup. Adapted from a presentation given at RookieOven's The Galleries, 16 November 2013.

See http://blog.stipso.com/2013/12/05/startup-recruitment-slideshare for more information.

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  • 1. FOUNDER THOUGHTS GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: 16th NOV, 2013
  • 2. “ADVICE IS A FORM OF NOSTALGIA. Be careful with whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.” Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune
  • 3. 1 2 3 OUTLINE GENERAL STARTUP OBSERVATIONS A BIT ABOUT MY STARTUP SCOTTISH ECOSYSTEM BUILDING 4
  • 4. ABOUT ME BRIAN CORCORAN 36. Irish. Co-founder at Stipso. Chief Commercial Officer. Stipso is my third startup, but first in the tech/product world. 5
  • 5. ABOUT STIPSO Stipso is a SaaS tool for visual content marketing.
  • 6. STARTUP OBSERVATIONS
  • 7. WHAT IS A STARTUP? “A temporary organisation designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” STEVE BLANK
  • 8. WHAT IS A STARTUP? “A 'startup' is a company that is confused about: what its product is who its customers are how to make money. ! As soon as it figures out all 3 things, it ceases to be a startup and then becomes a real business.” DAVE McCLURE
  • 9. STARTUPS AREN’T FOR EVERYONE Extremely uncertain Demand very hard work Usually low paid early on Require a high degree of self-management Achieving work/life balance can be hard 10
  • 10. FOUNDERS MATTER THEY SET THE TONE FOR EVERYTHING Culture, ambition, execution. 11
  • 11. TEAMS MATTER A good team with a bad idea is better than a bad team with a good idea.
  • 12. THE “IDEA” DOESN’T MATTER* The company you end up with will probably not look like the idea you started with. *have confidence in your thinking, rather than in one idea
  • 13. ENERGY & MOMENTUM MATTER YOUNG TURKS Revolutionaries who refused the old dogma
  • 14. STIPSO A SOFTWARE-AS-A-SERVICE TOOL FOR VISUAL CONTENT MARKETING Living Infographics for: ! Visual storytelling Audience engagement Inbound marketing Conversion
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  • 20. THE FOUNDERS STEVEN DROST CEO and product owner BRIAN CORCORAN CCO 21
  • 21. LATE FOUNDERS IAIN BROADFOOT Lead Developer IVANA McCONNELL Lead Designer 22
  • 22. GRADUATES DONALD ANDERSON Graduate Developer MARCUS KERNOHAN Content Marketer 23
  • 23. TEAM-BUILDING WE HIRE FOR VALUES, AND TRAIN FOR SKILLS “Attitude is more important than aptitude.” MARK SUSTER 24
  • 24. TEAM-BUILDING RULE #1: NO ASSHOLES 25
  • 25. TEAM-BUILDING SOME OF OUR VALUES Only really smart people Must be a team player Thoughtful Right motivations Right passions Desire to learn No startup junkies ! 26
  • 26. OUR FUTURE ROLES: 2014 DEVELOPERS (SENIOR, JUNIOR, GRADUATE) ! GROWTH HACKER ! CONVERSION RATE OPTIMISER ! OFFICE MANAGER Do you fit? Get in touch! 27
  • 27. STARTUP HIRING EARLY STAGE: 2-10 PEOPLE Local talent, word of mouth, founders’ network GROWTH STAGE: 11-20 PEOPLE National talent, word of mouth, team’s network WORLD DOMINATION STAGE: 20+ PEOPLE International talent, inbound applications, unknown people 28
  • 28. ECOSYSTEM BUILDING 29
  • 29. REQUIREMENTS TALENT, CASH, DESIRABLE CITY 30
  • 30. PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS SCOTLAND SHOULD FOCUS ON: Solving real-world business problems SaaS A quickly-discoverable business model 31
  • 31. GOOD EXAMPLES 32
  • 32. VIRTUOUS CYCLE SMART YOUNG PEOPLE BECOME EARLY HIRES AT GOOD STARTUPS BECOME FOUNDERS OR KEY HIRES AT GOOD STARTUPS NOW HAVE EXPERIENCE & SOME WEALTH EXIT GET STOCK OPTIONS GROWTH: GOOD, SMALL GROWTH: GREAT, BIGGER 33
  • 33. SAY HELLO BRIAN@STIPSO.COM @brianc13 +44 788 991 7733 blog.stipso.com 34

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