How To Hire Top Startup Talent (Technical & Developers)

I can’t work with you until I work with you.

It’s a hiring concept I initially adopted from marketing legend, Seth Godin.

A few years back I had the privilege to sit down with Seth to review some of the strategies I was using to vet experts inside of Clarity.

And that’s when he shared his ground breaking philosophy on hiring.

It made so much sense (and mitigated so much risk) that I decided I would never forego that process again.

Figuring out test projects or “small bets” for any potential employee, contractor, or even agency became a standard procedure.

Actually, one time I remember chatting with a strong candidate, and when it came down to the “test project” that I was willing to pay for, they said it wasn’t the way they worked.

Instead of investing $500 to see if we were a good fit for each other, they expected me to sign a $20K contract for 2 months worth of work.

Obviously that didn’t fly with me and I ended up going with another firm.

I just can’t imagine doing it any differently now …

… why would you get get married before you even went out on a date?

CRAZY TALK in my mind.

And a MAJOR sink hole that I challenge you to stop exposing yourself to before you blow half your quarter’s marketing budget on a big hire that doesn’t deliver.

Who you bring on to serve your business will literally make or break you.

And that’s why in this week’s video I share my top 4 strategies for hiring — the test project only being one of them.

I honestly believe the first 12 people you hire will decide the success of your startup… that’s why I’ve outlined these strategies to ensure you get it right:

  • A-Player Criteria
  • Use Your Advisors
  • Paid Validation
  • Test Projects

I’m sure you’ve got some great stories on hiring and I would love to hear them in the comments. Be sure to share your best story on finding that killer hire.

Here’s to building a great team to help you build your dreams!

Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. (Get the free 3 videos to grow your business here.) He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

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