Cofounder · Software development

My tech co founder lost our intern

Alex Rendon Conversion Junkie

July 17th, 2019

My tech co founder, has lost the intern that was working in our software product. It was a close friend of his. What is the best way to get a new intern back onboard? Are schools a good start?

Jean-François Legourd Build beautiful products that change people life for the better

July 17th, 2019

Losing a team member, especially when the company sums up to that small team is a saddening yet inevitable experience. My empathy here. Your CTO should know however that losing tech talent, especially the intern is a normal course of business. He/she should have a pipeline ready and he shouldn't be asking you to figure out where to look for. From your profile, I read you have a solid marketing experience. Would you go to your CTO to ask where to find a copywriter or a social media specialist? So while your CTO is getting his/her thing in order (young talent pipeline is sourced at career services from neighbouring universities or from dev/hackton events/meetups, for website you could try fiverr, upwork, angelhub but I recommend in-person contact unless minor work is outsourced), I would advise you to look at building your CTO pipeline.

Rob Mitchell Independent Software Contractor

July 17th, 2019

If you're in the Boston area, there are tremendous college interns available and I highly recommend Northeastern University (yup, my alma mater). You can email them -- good luck!

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

July 17th, 2019

It may be simple phrasing, but your CTO did not lose an intern, the company did. However, an intern is a broadly misunderstood part of a team. They are not unpaid employees, but rather people looking to get experience that can assist them in the future. Having an intern is often seen as a "free-resource" but come with significant responsibilities and time commitments for the company. You cannot bring in a person seeking hands-on experience and then toss them to the wolves. If you are unable or unwilling to embrace, guide, and teach them, you are wasting your time and their opportunities.

As others have said, if you choose to use interns and are willing to make the commitment to them, you need a constant flow because, by definition, they are short term team members.

A resource I have seen used effectively in the past is Handshake, a service that connects many universities to companies where you can post roles (subject to the university approving the role) and find people willing to work with no cash compensation (or low cash compensation) in return for the experience. They are connected to many high end schools so you can pick by curriculum and specify the skills you need and will develop with the person.

Samuel Morhaim Tech rainmaker for successful startups!

July 17th, 2019

"The difference between $0 and $100M is one good developer."

If you are putting the faith of your startup on an intern... you should reconsider your future. If your tech co-founder is not doing the tech (because of work, family, etc..), you should also reconsider.

Interns are good when you can absolutely micro manage them and when their contribution is not going to make or break your project. If one leaves, no biggie. They are supposed to be temporary and absolutely replaceable.

If you need a fractional CTO, or want some additional advice, dm me.

Urvesh Sojitra Business Development Manager

Last updated on July 17th, 2019

Hi Alex, It's bad to hear that you lost your intern. What technology expertise the intern should have? I may be able to help you with that. I mean, what was the programming language was used in your software product?

Roger Hunt Advisor, Product

Last updated on July 17th, 2019

You’re already screwed, and actually you were screwed a while ago as well. I’d love to right your ship, but something tells me you’re a little too headstrong 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ All best, Roger:

Alagiri Rajesh CoFounder with serial entrepreuner experience

July 17th, 2019

@Alex Rendon - I have been using to higher intern and it has been giving me some success. So try it out and the applicants are quite active on there. Hope this helps.

Lynoure Braakman scrum master and programmer

July 17th, 2019

While you work on finding and onboarding a new intern, please ask yourself and the your cofounder how that happened. Them 'losing' an intern who was a close friend makes me wonder what their plan is keep an intern whom they are no existing ties to. Ask yourself: How does your company reward the interns? How do you integrate them?

Nisal Karunathilaka Cofounder @dreamsquad, passionate entrepreneur, coder and creative designer

Last updated on July 17th, 2019

If your co-founder has time to train the intern, then go with him, my advice is , for prevent this kind of situations in future , use experienced developer.

Minika Meleshka Cofounder

July 18th, 2019

Hi Alex!

That's probably a bit obvious advice, however, has you friend tried to look for freelancers? Especially, the junior ones. They're often much more involved in the idea of developing anything and much more attentive to details. Moreover, they can develop a high quality product for you free of charge as they're only creating their portfolios.

I'd recommend toptal, stack overflow, or codeproject as sources where you can look for freelancers.

Good luck!