BACKED People & Culture Series

How to build a fair & inclusive recruitment strategy from scratch

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Perhaps let’s not ask these guys

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m a white woman with a Cambridge degree. (Q: How do you know if someone went to Oxbridge? A: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you). I tell you this not to brag, but to confess. You see, eighteen years ago, when I received my acceptance letter to study within those ivory towers, I believed in my heart that if a miner’s granddaughter from a single-income household in Glasgow could ‘do it’ through sheer determination and hard work (as I saw it), then anyone could. I was low on gratitude, ‘privilege’ was for toffs, and I didn’t yet understand that the now-embarrassing number of things I took for granted offered me unearned advantages. …


BACKED People & Culture Series

How to stress-test your values to create a meaningful, authentic culture

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“Culture”. It’s not just for hippies. (HLD/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

When I joined Backed in 2018, I was a refugee from the corporate world. I’d spent a decade or so working in traditional, grey-suit professional services outfits where hierarchy was king and the word ‘culture’ was for hippies. At interview, nothing showed me I wasn’t in Kansas any more quite so much as the frequency, and thoughtfulness, with which the Backed team talked about their values. They were mentioned in all of my six interviews. I was interrogated for my thoughts on each one. They were Blu-tacked to the windows of the corner they occupied in an East London co-working space (youth!). I heard that at one point, t-shirts were mooted. …

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Rachel Grahame

People practitioner, hiring specialist, dog enthusiast. Manager, Firm Operations at Backed VC since 2018.

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