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Building great early stage teams

  1. Building Great Early-Stage Teams<br />
  2. Who the hell is this guy?<br />Technologist, Creator, Connector, Advisor, Mentor. <br />
  3. Once upon a time…<br />Betahouse, Serendipity, Diligence, Love, Viximo.<br />
  4. Always Be Hiring<br />Desperate for talent, constant search. Never, ever stop.<br />
  5. Understand alignment<br />Thinking about your tactical needs is wrong.<br />Think about goals, characteristics, your match.<br />
  6. Define a match<br />Core values, skills, goals.<br />Athlete, Customer-centric, Communication, Initiative.<br />
  7. Build a nest<br />Create the position your ideal candidate is seeking.<br />Flexibility in the role, Opportunity beyond tasks.<br />
  8. Be insanely picky<br />Intensity breeds Intimacy, Commitment breeds Longevity.<br />Who do you want in your foxhole?<br />
  9. Identify sturdy branches<br />Each hire links and supports many subsequent hires. <br />Earliest hires nearest to the trunk, define growth potential.<br />
  10. Measuring your success<br />Production, Recruiting, Closing, Retention<br />A players hire A players, “Team” is sticky<br />
  11. A word about tech folks<br />High demand, different motivations. <br />Figure out how to network where they play.<br />
  12. So, that was a nice fairy tale and all…<br />Great people are rare and in high demand.<br />Comprise, Frankensteining, “Potential”, Try-before-you-buy. <br />
  13. Find someone to admire<br />…study them, and then beat them at their own game<br />
  14. Questions?<br />Fire away. I can take it.<br />

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