Hiring · Hiring engineers

Where are the best places to find people looking to join a startup that isn't networking?

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 12th, 2015

We have a startup that has a patent pending technology (voicecuttech.com) and we are about to have a meeting with the Facebook CMO. We are doing a capital raise and will most likely have funding very soon. I have built a startup in the past (non tech) and I'm looking to the group to find out where are the best places you have been able to find top tech and design talent that are eager to work in a startup? We will leverage the relationship with Facebook if we are able, however I want to queue people up for bringing them on as soon as we are ready and I'd love to find them now.
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Glenn Donovan Vice President of Sales (fractional)

August 13th, 2015

Chris - Best practice while hiring engineers today is to throw a programming problem at them on the spot and give them a small amount of time to solve it. The point isn't just coding skills, but also to get a sense of attitude and how they handle a bit of pressure. I know a bunch of good engineers, but most of them are very difficult to manage - the better they are, the more they play "frustrated renaissance man" within organizations. 

Look for those who are hungry and down to earth and social. You probably don't need a "rocket scientist" as much as you need a good team player with a good work ethic who is practical. Not sure what else I can offer as help. Good luck!

Amy Weicker Director of Marketing, Marketing Consultant, Social Media Strategist, Customer Experience Enthusiast

August 12th, 2015

AngelList, hands down. Just looked at your site briefly and it looks like you're a SaaS tech provider, in which case SaaStr.com is doing a new "jobs" spotlight feature and is taking submissions for SaaS companies with openings -- their blasts go out to tons of SaaS startup folks. Could be worth an attempt.

Siarhei Harbachou Looking around

August 14th, 2015

Glenn, this is very disputable topic.

This opinion is shared by most of the linear IT managers in enterprises.
Its comfortable zone to have grounded specialists which are similar to the person who is hiring them. Such managers try to avoid uncomfortable "stars", forming homogenous inefficient teams. Its acceptable for enterprises.

Entrepreneurs are more sensitive for creativity and efficiency.

Mr Belbin's Theory....

He experimented with people at some university (don't remember which one), and tried to form different types of team, then investigated which are efficient which are no.

What Belbin has found in his experiments, is that team composed from "stars" is most efficient. But is most difficult because of reason you told.

Next most efficient team - Heterogeneous, which has people of different kind of thinking, forming 9 team roles by Belbin. They are more efficient in problem solving and creativity, what is critical for startups.

Glenn Donovan Vice President of Sales (fractional)

August 13th, 2015

Chris - I'd try very hard to exploit your LinkedIn network to find people who come to you at least with a reference from people you know. The first engineer(s) who come on board are crucial and having a personal reference from someone you trust will help avoid duds. 

++ Amy - Angel List and SaaStr are great sources for these kind of folks too. 

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 13th, 2015

I definitely agree with that crucial affect of the first hires.  I think my network is good, but unfortunately it's not filled with a lot of tech or design people.  

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 12th, 2015

Great Amy! Thanks so much. Just started an Angelist profile. Great suggestions.

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 12th, 2015

We signed up for a hired.com account but you have to have funding in place already for their platform and they require a 15% finder fee of the base salary offered (which seems common for a recruiter).  

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 13th, 2015

Hi Steve, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm already a member!

Christopher Wilson Tech product manager, Infusionsoft expert, process automation fanatic, veteran startup exec, & seasoned pitch man.

August 13th, 2015

Wow Glenn... that is really insightful. Thanks!

Siarhei Harbachou Looking around

August 13th, 2015

Hi Chris,

If you have plan to raise fund, then there will be one more option available for you - outsource technical works.

I see small sense, startups host their dedicated teams, while enterprises save money and outsource technical works ever for new products.

Depending on your needs, I can help to find right engineers at company I work: ibagroupit.com

I know many of my colleagues who would be happy to work at innovative project like yours.