Hiring the right people early on makes all the difference in the world.

I can tell you from personal experience that the first few hires that a company makes are the ones who set the tone for the company and its future.

In fact, early in a startup's life, one hire can make or break a company.

That's why it's critical to hire right. The right candidates must have the right attributes, but they also must be someone that can be trusted from day one.

That's where you come in. Investors are in a unique position in that they clearly have something to gain when an investment company succeeds, but they also tend to know people whose skills and networks can help bolster the success of these companies.

Elbower exists to help optimize this process by providing a job board that always stays up to date with your portfolio companies' jobs and leveraging your platform to present them in a simple interface.

Lessons Learned From My Old Startup

I previously co-founded a startup with two others in 2013, and quickly learned that recruiting in the early stages can be really, really challenging.

We tried all different kinds of techniques - job board postings, directly contacting candidates, giving talks and plugging ourselves - but in retrospect, a clearly underutilized resource was asking our investors if they knew anyone who might fit the bill for us for certain openings.

They referred a great candidate to us, but in order for that to have worked, all the stars needed to be lined up: our investors needed to know what we were looking for, they needed to know who in their network was looking for a job for that specific role and they needed to know that playing matchmaker was alright.

From this situation, I learned that expecting serenditpity to strike twice was silly, and that a bit of communication can help these stars align for companies around the world, which is where the idea for Elbower was born.

Going It Alone

My wife was sent to Tokyo for a job, and by following along, I found myself in a country where I didn't know a soul and communication with others is constantly a challenge.

Nevertheless, I knew it was the perfect time to get started on building out this SaaS solution. I began working on this by myself in July 2021, but I do hope to hire when my situation allows.

I also write a lot of the code behind the software and website live on Twitch, where you can watch me develop for free.

Who's Building Elbower?

Paul S. Chun, Your Favorite Indie Hacker and Solopreneur

Paul S. Chun is an American entrepreneur originally from Northern California. Previously, he co-founded competitive intelligence company Rivalfox in Berlin and served as its CTO, and also made major engineering and development contributions for San Francisco-based startups Golden and Heyzap (now a part of Fyber).