More Catfished By A Candidate: Why Not Hire Him Anyway? And Answers To Other Burning Questions

catfish-part-two Since I published my Catfished by a Candidate blog post a couple of weeks ago, our website traffic has increased by 250% and it has become the number one most viewed post on our site from the last 12 months. Plus, it has a 700 comment thread on Hacker News and a podcast on Hacker Daily. I expected it to get some pickup—I mean, the title “I Got Catfished By a Candidate: The True Story and How to Keep It From Happening to You” is certainly catchy, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be quite so popular. However, in reading through the comments and listening to the podcast, I think that the topic really hit on some controversial issues around business ethics and more. Everyone was asking: should we have actually hired this guy even though he lied? The internet certainly had some opinions—many of them valid. Was this Continue reading "More Catfished By A Candidate: Why Not Hire Him Anyway? And Answers To Other Burning Questions"

More Catfished By A Candidate: Why Not Hire Him Anyway? And Answers To Other Burning Questions

catfish-part-two Since I published my Catfished by a Candidate blog post a couple of weeks ago, our website traffic has increased by 250% and it has become the number one most viewed post on our site from the last 12 months. Plus, it has a 700 comment thread on Hacker News and a podcast on Hacker Daily. I expected it to get some pickup—I mean, the title “I Got Catfished By a Candidate: The True Story and How to Keep It From Happening to You” is certainly catchy, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be quite so popular. However, in reading through the comments and listening to the podcast, I think that the topic really hit on some controversial issues around business ethics and more. Everyone was asking: should we have actually hired this guy even though he lied? The internet certainly had some opinions—many of them valid. Was this Continue reading "More Catfished By A Candidate: Why Not Hire Him Anyway? And Answers To Other Burning Questions"

I Got Catfished By A Candidate: The True Story and How to Keep It From Happening to You

What follows is a true story. Names, places, and companies have been changed to protect the innocent (or not so innocent). I was catfished by a candidate. And not just during a phone screen. This guy made it through a recruiting agency, a phone screen, and three rounds of interviews. We were about to make the hire when everything unraveled. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a catfish is someone who creates a false identity online. The motivation behind a catfish can vary from tricking someone in an online dating app, seeking revenge, simply playing a joke, or in my case, seeking a job. I learned a lot from this experience (plus it is a pretty good story), so I thought it would be fitting to share with the SaaStr community. Act One: Falling For The Catfish When someone seems too good to be true they Continue reading "I Got Catfished By A Candidate: The True Story and How to Keep It From Happening to You"

5 Traits to Look For When Hiring An Early Marketing Team For Your Startup

hiring-a startup-marketing-team As the CRO at SaaStr, I am doing a lot of hiring these days! A lot. And that means spending countless hours skimming through resumes, taking phone screens, and meeting candidates in person. Quick shameless plug–seriously, I am hiring for a lot of people, so if interested in working at SaaStr–check out our open jobs here. Typically, when I go on a hiring spree, I spend at least 20% of my time screening and interviewing candidates–(if not more time TBH). Because the longer a position goes unfilled the more difficult it becomes to fill, and the more difficult my life becomes because I am trying to do all of these jobs myself. And if I am doing everyone else’s job, it is incredibly difficult to do my own job. Since I do a lot of hiring, I am constantly re-inventing the list of attributes I look for in a new Continue reading "5 Traits to Look For When Hiring An Early Marketing Team For Your Startup"

New: First SaaStr Pro AMA with Jason!

We’ve rolling out special, unique SaaStr AMAs for SaaStr Pro subscribers. Every 2 weeks or so, we’ll answer all the burning questions from SaaStr Pro members. You can check out the first one above, which was pretty good. Sign up for SaaStrPro.com for access to all of them!  We’ll train your team on SaaStr, you can come to the Annual and Europa for free — and More!! The post New: First SaaStr Pro AMA with Jason! appeared first on SaaStr.

5 Reasons to Include SaaStr Europa in Your Spring Travel Plans

Imagine yourself sipping champagne and dining on a deliciously authentic bowl of french onion soup while listening to Jason Lemkin talk SaaS in the heart of Paris. Sounds pretty friggin’ awesome, right?! Well, thankfully, we made this pipe dream into a reality with SaaStr Europa–which takes place this year in June at the incredible Intercontinental Paris Le Grand. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. We are bringing SaaStr and Silicon Valley to the heart of one of the most amazing cities in the world. Whether you are from the US and need that perfect excuse to take that long overdue trip to Europe, or you live close by, SaaStr Europa is shaping up to be an incredible event. OK, so why should you go and what should you expect?

1. Content, Content, and Content–Bringing the Best of SaaS to Paris!

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