Hiring for a Discipline You Know Little About


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Your startup is growing. You suspect you have initial product market fit. Time to hire the first head of each department. Sales, marketing, customer success, engineering, product management. Some founders might have experience or exposure into one of these teams. But rarely do they understand every one well enough to hire the right department chief. How should you do it? I’ve observed three successful strategies. First, do the job yourself.

Hiring for a Discipline You Know Little About


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Your startup is growing. You suspect you have initial product market fit. Time to hire the first head of each department. Sales, marketing, customer success, engineering, product management. Some founders might have experience or exposure into one of these teams. But rarely do they understand every one well enough to hire the right department chief. How should you do it? I’ve observed three successful strategies.

First, do the job yourself. Great managers manage themselves out of a job. By doing the work yourself first, you’ll know exactly what the role entails and what questions to ask. You’ll have the experience to judge whether a candidate can outperform you in that role. This is a common strategy for sales. The founders confirm product market fit with the first 10-20 sales and then hire an expert to scale the team and polish the process.

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How Our Remote Team of 15 Runs Daily Video Meetings in Under 10 Minutes


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Pulling back the curtain on our daily standup meetings. There are fifteen of us on our remote team. If you’ve ever tried to organize a meeting with fifteen people in the same building, then you know what a logistical nightmare that can be. Now, imagine that chaos, and add the fact that our fifteen people are spread across nine different time zones, from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Newport, Rhode Island.
Scheduling time together when everyone is in “work hours” is impossible. And yet, even if you make an effort to maximize asynchronous collaboration as much as possible, getting face-time with each other is important. The challenge, then, is this: how do we schedule and run a daily meeting that minimizes disruption and inconvenience as much as possible? Today, I want to share what we’ve learned in our mission to overcome that challenge.

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How Our Remote Team Runs Daily Video Meetings in Under 10 Minutes


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Pulling back the curtain on our daily standup meetings. There are fifteen of us on our remote team. If you’ve ever tried to organize a meeting with fifteen people in the same building, then you know what a logistical nightmare that can be. Now, imagine that chaos, and add the fact that our fifteen people are spread across nine different time zones, from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Newport, Rhode Island.
Scheduling time together when everyone is in “work hours” is impossible. And yet, even if you make an effort to maximize asynchronous collaboration as much as possible, getting face-time with each other is important. The challenge, then, is this: how do we schedule and run a daily meeting that minimizes disruption and inconvenience as much as possible? Today, I want to share what we’ve learned in our mission to overcome that challenge.

3 Reasons We Hold Daily Remote Team
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Hiring for a Discipline You Know Little About


This post is by Tomasz Tunguz from Tomasz Tunguz


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Your startup is growing. You suspect you have initial product market fit. Time to hire the first head of each department. Sales, marketing, customer success, engineering, product management. Some founders might have experience or exposure into one of these teams. But rarely do they understand every one well enough to hire the right department chief. How should you do it? I’ve observed three successful strategies. First, do the job yourself. Great managers manage themselves out of a job. By doing the work yourself first, you’ll know exactly what the role entails and what questions to ask. You’ll have the experience to judge whether a candidate can outperform you in that role. This is a common strategy for sales. The founders confirm product market fit with the first 10-20 sales and then hire an expert to scale the team and polish the process. Second, enlist experts from your network and your Continue reading "Hiring for a Discipline You Know Little About"

Maximizing Productivity on My Commute


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I commuted to my first job on a bicycle. With my parent’s help, I bought a lemon yellow second-hand road bike that I pedaled 20 miles each way from 30th and N streets in Georgetown, Washington DC, over bustling Chain Bridge and the languid Potomac to an office park buried in Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. That was my workout each week. Then I moved to California and retired the bike.

Maximizing Productivity on My Commute


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I commuted to my first job on a bicycle. With my parent’s help, I bought a lemon yellow second-hand road bike that I pedaled 20 miles each way from 30th and N streets in Georgetown, Washington DC, over bustling Chain Bridge and the languid Potomac to an office park buried in Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. That was my workout each week. Then I moved to California and retired the bike. When I started working at Google, I spent the hour on the Google shuttle from San Francisco to Mountain View emailing. Today, I drive most places.

For the past few months, I’ve been listening to stand-up comedy. I’m trying to be funnier, but it’s not working. But at least I’m laughing while maneuvering through SOMA morning traffic. Sometimes, I blend in some podcasts from time to time including Invest Like the Best and Software Engineering Daily. I also try to Continue reading "Maximizing Productivity on My Commute"

Maximizing Productivity on My Commute


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I commuted to my first job on a bicycle. With my parent’s help, I bought a lemon yellow second-hand road bike that I pedaled 20 miles each way from 30th and N streets in Georgetown, Washington DC, over bustling Chain Bridge and the languid Potomac to an office park buried in Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. That was my workout each week. Then I moved to California and retired the bike. When I started working at Google, I spent the hour on the Google shuttle from San Francisco to Mountain View emailing. Today, I drive most places. For the past few months, I’ve been listening to stand-up comedy. I’m trying to be funnier, but it’s not working. But at least I’m laughing while maneuvering through SOMA morning traffic. Sometimes, I blend in some podcasts from time to time including Invest Like the Best and Software Engineering Daily. I also try to Continue reading "Maximizing Productivity on My Commute"

What to Do If You Didn’t Get into Y Combinator


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Didn't get into Y Combinator? Here's why it doesn't matter, and what you should do. Last Updated: August 23rd, 2017 “I’m gonna get in there.” My friend was frustrated. His startup had applied to Y Combinator for the third time, and the news had just come back: they didn't get in. Again. He wasn’t happy about it. And I was frustrated, too. But for a different reason. My friend is a smart guy. He’s accomplished a lot in his career, and I know he’d have a good shot at building a strong business. But he had convinced himself that he needed YC to succeed. And that’s what frustrates me. There’s a lot of value in programs like Y Combinator and other top incubators. A lot of incredible companies have come out of them. And Paul Graham has probably done more for startups than almost anyone in the last decade. But if
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What to Do If You Didn’t Get into Y Combinator


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Didn't get into Y Combinator? Here's why it doesn't matter, and what you should do. Last Updated: August 23rd, 2017 “I’m gonna get in there.” My friend was frustrated. His startup had applied to Y Combinator for the third time, and the news had just come back: they didn't get in. Again. He wasn’t happy about it. And I was frustrated, too. But for a different reason. My friend is a smart guy. He’s accomplished a lot in his career, and I know he’d have a good shot at building a strong business. But he had convinced himself that he needed YC to succeed. And that’s what frustrates me. There’s a lot of value in programs like Y Combinator and other top incubators. A lot of incredible companies have come out of them. And Paul Graham has probably done more for startups than almost anyone in the last decade. But if
Continue reading "What to Do If You Didn’t Get into Y Combinator"