I'm new to the site. Looking for advice on how to find a COO Co-Founder that can help build a team of about 500 people in our first city to launch in and has the skillset to duplicate this in 50 cities over the next 10 years. We want to completely disrupt the home services industry with a One Stop Shop.
I used the jobs feature of angel.co and got a large number of responses.
I have someone who can execute something like this. Email me at Ag@laserventuresexp.com and I’ll introduce you.
Interesting. I live in DFW which is one of the top economies in the country as well as fastest growing. I have seen so many independent contractors sprout up in recent years. There is a reversal of sorts in that the big guys have lost a LOT of business to the individual contractors. I have even started seeing "handyman" vans in my neighborhood likening back to the days of The Andy Griffith Show! The reasons for this are poorly run companies that promote high prices, little loyalty, mediocre customer care etc. I always try to go to the independent contractor when it is a job I can not do such as welding, or electrical work. As for finding a COO, some of that is going to depend on the business structure of your one stop shop. As someone who has a COO role in several startups, I always look to the business plan. It is the absolute best way to mitigate risks, research, and properly....PLAN..that one word so few entrepreneurs do which leads to a high failure rate. My first thought though was that if you have a business plan you have written as the CEO, why not build out locally... But if you have a technology that allows for a online hub, then that could be something different. I would be interested to hear more. My belief is there is a HUGE opportunity for someone who can differentiate and SIMPLIFY the current systems. I have not been impressed with ANY home services websites..be they Amazon, or HomeAdvisor. They are all lacking. I follow the general rule of advice that has proven pretty solid...find one good contractor and you can find 10, because the independent contractor usually takes more pride in his work and does not want to be recommending subpar contractors.
David - Sounds like an interesting business proposition. Would be great to speak.
As Jeff said, angel.co seems to be a good source of talent.
What are the 500 people going to do? Are these service or support personnel?
I have been in local longer than I care to admit. It is hard, cost intensive from both a customer and partner perspective, customer support is a wild card because of people's expectations, and has yet to be done well.