Startup founder and recruiter-in-chief: Top 3 takeaways

Over the past weeks, we’ve discussed the steps involved in recruiting and hiring key employees for a startup. In the first three posts, I walked readers through the processes I followed when I made the all-important first two hires for my startup RecruitLoop. The first post focused on how to find potential candidates. The second post detailed our process for selecting the best candidates. The…

Startup founder and recruiter-in-chief: separating the wheat from the chaff

This is the second in a series of four blog posts in which I share the steps and processes we followed when making the all-important first two hires at RecruitLoop. In the first post, I focused on how we identified candidates. Here I discuss strategies for the screening and interviewing process. Read more

Startup founder and recruiter-in-chief: 5 steps for attracting talent

Virtually every startup founder struggles to find the best talent for their company. And it’s a critical task for taking your company to the next level. At the early stages of every startup, people are your most valuable assets. In building the team at RecruitLoop, I’ve grappled with this same process myself. Over a two-month period back in 2013, I devoted most of my time to making our two…

Recent Deal Roundup: June 2016

We think the “Summertime Slowdown” is a myth—at least that’s how it seems around here. Our client companies are busier than ever, and we are, too. We completed 7 deals in June, including two follow-on funding rounds we were able to complete in less than a week. Read more

5 Ways to Maximize Your Startup’s Valuation

Your startup valuation is essentially what investors think your company is worth, which has a huge impact on your company when you raise money. The higher your valuation, the less equity you have to give up for a particular dollar-amount of investment. Here are five tips for maximizing your company’s valuation in the eyes of investors. 1. Choose your team wisely Investors aren’t just backing…

Founder compensation: how much should you pay yourself?

Seattle entrepreneur Dan Price from Gravity Payments made headlines a few months ago when he announced that his employees would make $70,000 a year as minimum wage. In order to pay for this company-wide salary increase, he also slashed his own wage from $1M a year to $70,000. While his decision seemed bold and admirable at the time, just a few months later his company is struggling and his…