Hi there , would you be able to recommend me the best websites I can reach to so I can recruit tech people? Unfortunately, my startup still doesn't generate any revenue and we are still about to pitch for seed capital so I can't afford much when it comes to paying for the service. However the startup is growing so in order to scale up quickly we need to hire new people in exchange of equity of the company. Many thanks in advance for those who will take time to respond.
BTW Ivana, on my short experience in raising funds investor can be very closed to the idea of having an tech startup without a tech co-founder, it's in their terms a "red flag"
Hi Ivana, reading your message I understand that you are in the position in which you need tech people, probably you need a MVP to increase your chances to attract capitals but you have low or zero budget.
If your budget is low, but not zero, my advice is first to clarify your requirements and talk about them to a tech person in order to understand how much money you need in order to get a decent MVP. You could use this site in the Network section (if you are premium user) or you can also post a project to upwork and discuss with candidates.
If your budget is really zero, I would suggest to find a tech cofounder if your business really needs it, otherwise hire people in exchange of equity could be an option, but you will need to find people who really trust and approve your business model. This site and angel.co could be both good for this purpose.
It's my first answer here, I hope it will be helpful. If you're looking for the whole teams I'd strongly recommend clutch.co.
If you're looking for individuals, check:
All the best,
Cofounders lab is a good one , because you know that people on this platform have a startup mindset and are more likely to stick in tough times and even understand what a startup takes
besides this , if you wish i could help you access Startup School website, if you havent participated this year, you may search for useful people, your possible competitors there.
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Could you be more specific about what kind of tech people are looking for or your line of business? Given the scale and nature of your work, you might need a different range of skills.
Ivana, i would recommend to go to the Network section of Cofounders Lab, there are a lot of companies and shops that can help you to finishing with your idea. My advice is to partner with one of them, having an app or a platform and not having a tech cofounder it could result in many delays and necessary troubles. VC's look this as a red flag
Agree with Hamidreza Darabi on needing a bit more information? As example, skill sets are completely different for front-end design versus back-end integration, and typically finding individuals good at both can be a challenge.
Regarding your specific question though, you can find [relatively] inexpensive resources at freelance markets like Upwork or Freelancer. However, would highly recommend that you leverage a Technical Lead to interview and manage the team.
You can post free job descriptions on job boards like indeed dot com. Make sure to include the skills you are looking for and why this is a good opportunity.
I also recommend posting on reddit, social media, and linkedin.
Last, you can get a free monthly trial to Linkedin recruiter, and start messaging potential candidates.
Overall the best way to find tech talent is to hire recruiters with tech backgrounds. The technology sector is seeing very low unemployment rates and solid market salaries. If you don't have some salary to give with that equity it will be tough to attract good engineers.
What is your business about?