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.