So you want to hire a startup team, but don’t know where to start.
  • How do I begin to hire my first employees? A friend of a friend?
  • Do I reach out blindly to my network?
  • Do I simply cross my fingers hoping one of the candidates is a good fit?
  • What happens when I disagree with my co-founder? How do we move forward?
Seasoned entrepreneurs Robin Bose and Ed Hallen walk us through how to hire your startup team and how to manage the conflicts that will, undoubtedly, arise.
Robin Bose – Social entrepreneur, Tech-ie, VP

Robin works to build software that creates both market and social impact. He worked with Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs in 70+ countries and most recently served as the VP of market development at Endurance International Group, a provider of cloud software that helps small and medium businesses launch and grow.  He is a 2x semi-finalist of the MIT 100K entrepreneurship competition and has served as a judge for the MIT 100K competition, MIT Global IDEAS competition and BUILD Boston entrepreneurship semi-finals.
Ed Hallen – Entrepreneur, Engineer, CEO

Ed is the founder and CEO of The Hiring Engine, a venture backed software platform that helps companies hire hourly workers. He previously co-founded and ran Klaviyo, an e-commerce email marketing platform, that he scaled to tens of millions in revenue and hundreds of employees, and where he still serves on the board. Prior to founding Klaviyo, Ed worked in private equity for Accel-KKR, in business development at Google, and was an early employee at Applied Predictive Technologies. Ed holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, where he was a Siebel Scholar, and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he was a Rodman Scholar.
What team builders need to know 
  • Hire people you want to spend time with and have the necessary skillset.
  • You can’t do anything without trust.
  • Make sure motivations are aligned in new hires.
  • “Strong opinions, weakly held.”
  • One-on-one investment. 
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