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The Benefit of Hiring Highly Experienced People in a StartUp with Martin Siniawski, Co-Founder & CEO at Podcast App
October 11, 2022
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At the start of your company's journey, you must be resourceful. You will have to wear many hats. And when your company grows, you will need to hire additional people to fill the roles.

You will need to scale down your recruitment ambitions for an early-stage business. It will be challenging for your company to recruit a senior-level employee from a bigger organization.

As your business expands, innovation must become a vital component. One of the most critical factors to consider before hiring is identifying the essential skills you seek in recruits.

In this episode of The Gradience Podcast, Nigel is joined by Martin Siniawski, Co-Founder & CEO at Podcast App.

They cover:

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:04:44 ] - By training, Martin is a software engineer. He started his first company in college. He started as CTO at Steema and eventually became CEO and started Podcast App six years ago

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:09:35 ] - At the beginning of your journey as a company, you have to be resourceful. You will need to wear many hats. And as the company scales, you can recruit more hands to fill in the roles 

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:09:45 ] - For an early startup, you will need to cut down on the ambition of who to target recruiting-wise. It's going to be hard to poach someone from a larger company who is senior in their role to your company

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:11:57 ] - As your company grows, creativity must be an integral part of it

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:13:17 ] - One of the key things to consider before you start recruiting is to be clear on the important skills you seek in the talents

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:15:03 ] - The benefit of hiring highly experienced people at the company's early stages is that they bring a lot of value to the team. Their ability to do a lot of things within the company motivates the team to aim higher and do more

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:16:07 ] - There's a big difference between what the company needs and what it can afford. It will cost the company more if you want someone extremely senior and experienced

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:17:04 ] - "The more experienced your team, the better". 

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:19:38 ] - As a founder, having experienced people that know their domains, fill your roles, and carry out their roles superficially without much supervision can get a lot of work off

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:22:55 ] - Recruiting a leader in an area is a great way to improve your recruiting bandwidth

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:24:44 ] - Hiring leaders in your company is β€œsolving business problems with talents”

If you’re interested in getting team-building tips from a successful founder, want a peek into being a founder in an unexplored niche, want to learn how to create an organic culture for your team, interested in knowing what it's like to be a founder in an unfamiliar industry, want to build a cross-functional team and a team with the right atmosphere, tune in to this episode of The Gradience Podcast, a Podcast by Build Talent.

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