Over the past 2 years, most of my meetings with fellow entrepreneurs invariably reach the topic of hiring.
‘How hard is it to hire good tech talent?’ In one word, ‘Very!’
Given that we, at TargetingMantra have gone through the pains and pleasures of creating one the best Machine Learning teams in India, here’s sharing what we have learnt from our experience.
The Basic Tenets
- Founder’s Job is to Hire
For an early stage startup, your real job, other than fundraising and sales, is to hire key people. Get involved full time and define how you want to shape your leadership team and what key skill sets you need in your team. Focus on what you want your product to look like 6 to12 months from now and build a team for that.
- Sell your Vision
Your startup is the sum of people you surround it with. Early employees will form the think-tank of your company and will spend a lot of time together. Make sure they believe in your vision and are aligned to dream together.
- Hire fast, Fire fast. NOT!
DON’T HIRE FAST. When it comes to hiring, take your time. Good candidates wait for good opportunities. Make sure that you don’t take any hasty decisions when it comes to hiring people. If there are some doubts, ask other members of your team to take another round. Whatever you do, DON’T hire just because you desperately need people.