What’s the best way to recruit?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Donna White – AVC

Use the activities involved in recruiting to strengthen abilities that will contribute to your overall effectiveness. There are elements of recruiting that you probably already enjoy and that exercise the same abilities that you use in other aspects of running your business, such as: creating something out of nothing, analyzing and solving problems, devising strategies, making new contacts, crafting and relaying your company’s story, negotiatin… (read more)

What’s the best way to recruit?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Best Hiring Practices – AVC

Your company should have a jobs page. Even if you are a five person startup, you should have one. It should articulate what it is like to work at your company and list any open jobs. It should be linked to at the bottom of your webpage, right next to the link to your about page. This is important. Don’t put it off.

What’s the best way to recruit?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Best Hiring Practices – AVC

Do not take the “put the job opening up and let the applicants come” approach. That will not get you the best people. You must go out and find the talent you want to hire. You can use your existing team, that is where the best leads always come from. You can use your network. You can use recruiters, both contingency and retained, and you can use services like LinkedIn and Indeed. You want to cast a wide net and work hard to source the best candid… (read more)

What’s the best way to recruit?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Where To Find Strong Talent – AVC

The kind of people you want to hire for your company are in short supply and they are rarely out looking for a job. You have to go find them and recruit them to join your team. But where to look? Here are some suggestions: 1) People you know and people your team knows. 2) People who work for your competition. 3) Companies that have been recently purchased. 4) Other parts of the country and the world. 5) Colleges. 6) The big companies in your ma… (read more)

What’s the best way to recruit?

Susan Loh (Head of People @ ClassPass)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Susan Loh – AVC

When the time came to figure out how to scale HR & Recruiting at foursquare, I felt that I could solve the above issues by merging the two organizations into one unified Talent Team. I view the Talent Team as a full service organization that is with you from the day you apply to the company to the day you leave the company. We are responsible for recruiting, onboarding, training, developing, and retaining great people. Our performance is measured… (read more)

What’s the best way to preserve your healthy company culture?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How to Minimize Politics in Your Company – Ben’s Blog

When someone raises an issue like [wanting more responsibility] with you, you must be very careful about what you say, because everything that you say can be turned into political cannon fodder. Generally, it’s best to say nothing at all. At most, you might ask “why?”, but if you do so be sure not to react to the reasons. If you indicate what you are thinking, that information will leak, rumors will spread and you plant the seeds for all kinds of… (read more)

What’s the best way to preserve your healthy company culture?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How to Minimize Politics in Your Company – Ben’s Blog

You must have a formal, visible, defensible promotion process that governs every employee promotion. Often this process must be different for people on your own staff (the general process may involve various managers who are familiar with the employee’s work, the executive process should include the board of directors). The purpose of the process is twofold. First, it will give the organization confidence that the company at least attempted to ba… (read more)

What’s the best way to preserve your healthy company culture?

Ben Horowitz (Co-Founder & Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz)
How to Minimize Politics in Your Company – Ben’s Blog

If one of your executives summons the courage to complain about the competency of one of their peers, then there is a good chance that either the complainer or the targeted executive has a major problem.

What’s the best way to plan headcount for your sales team?

David Sacks (CEO at Zenefits)
New Sales Models – David Sacks, Founder and CEO of Yammer – YouTube

If you’re reps are hitting 80% or 70% of quota within 6 months, something like $25k in six month, keep hiring them. If your team achievement drops below 70% (of quota) – you probably need to take a step back and digest. That’s probably correct in 80% of cases.