- Doug Merrill, ex-CIO & VP of engineering at Google makes the case for hiring an internal recruiter based on the ROI. The math is simple: at $25K per recruit, you’re better off hiring a full-time recruiter after 3-4 hires. How Startups can compete with Google to Score Great Talentis a quick read, but the title is misleading, because having an internal recruiter is an old practice that most medium size companies have, and that doesn’t just let you compete against Google. It just makes financial sense.
(Courtesy of Tom Eisenmann)
- Ben Horowitz of a16z on the concept of “management debt” (i.e., bad people decisions with long-term consequences — the HR equivalent of technical debt) and on how accountability separates good companies from bad ones.
- Horowitz on how to integrate “old people” (i.e., senior executives from big companies) into a startup.
- Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital on the risk of promoting managers too quickly.
- Tips on hiring developers from Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot; Avi Flombaum of the Flatiron School; Iris Shoor of Takipi; and a great Quora thread.
- Recruiting best practices discussed by Fred Wilson of USV; Charlie O-Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures; Ben Yoskovitz of GoInstant; and David Beisel.
- Chad Dickerson of Etsy on the link between recruiting and company culture.
- Thoughts on firing employees from Chris Dixon and Fred Wilson.