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Hire Smart From The Start: The Entrepreneur's Guide To Finding, Catching, And Keeping The Best Talent For Your Company Hardcover – 27 Jun 2019

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Will your startup defy the odds and succeed? Do you have the right people in place to make that happen?

Most entrepreneurs do not. Fortune reported that 23 percent of CEOs cited “not the right team” as the reason for failure, while 19 percent “got outcompeted” and 13 percent suffered from “disharmony on the team.” Rushing through the hiring process and making gut decisions isn’t good enough anymore.

Hire Smart from the Start explains how to strategically recruit people with the values and goals that will drive your venture forward. Written by a seasoned entrepreneur and recruiter, the book offers a structured hiring process that works for even fledgling startups with limited budgets.

Strategies, checklists, and stories from the field help you:

• Overcome fierce competition by using recruitment as your secret weapon

• Widen your net to locate top performers anywhere—even at prestigious companies

• Ask probing questions that get beyond skills, and uncover motivations and values

• Test to ensure people fit the company’s culture, but without being clones

• Screen out key personality problems, including posers, political beasts, troublemakers, lone wolves, and wallflowers

• Entice “reach” candidates to leave good-paying jobs and come to your company

• Get past people’s masks to find those who are honest, empathetic learners—more valuable than high IQs

High-growth companies depend on people who can get the job done quickly, effectively, and creatively—the kind of talent that’s rarely found on websites, or even via referrals; you have to find them yourself. Hire Smart from the Start helps you put together a dream team of collaborators.

Dave Carvajal is CEO of Dave Partners, a firm that is re-wiring the executive search experience for the tech scene. He is a sought-out advisor and consultant to boards, venture firms, entrepreneurs, and leadership teams of some of the most exciting growth companies in the technology space. Co-founder of HotJobs.com, he built the company to 650 employees; it traded at a market capitalization of $1.2 billion before being sold to Yahoo! He also built Ladders to 400 employees and $85M in revenues. Carvajal is a graduate of executive education and leadership programs at The Wharton School, Columbia Business School, and The Harvard Business School. Connect with him at www.HireSmartfromtheStart.com.

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“If you dream of starting or growing a business, your most important roles as a leader are recruiting and establishing culture. NOTHING is more important. This book provides a priceless how-to guide to enable your success. Read it and follow it.”— Peter H. Diamandis, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Abundance and Bold; founder of Singularity University and XPRIZE

“Dave Carvajal understands that the real issue of talent today isn’t about skill sets, which can be developed. And it isn’t about feeding the status quo. It’s about finding people who buy into a vision, and who have the passion and persistence it takes to be future-facing. For companies that believe in the importance of innovation (and that should be everyone), Hire Smart from the Start is the essential recruiting handbook.”— David Sable, Global CEO, Y&R

“This is the most important book I have ever read on how to create business leverage by recruiting and hiring well. I wish I had known these strategies fifty bad hires ago! Dave’s wisdom and insights on finding and keeping A-players changes everything!”— KEITH J. CUNNINGHAM, creator of Keys to the Vault, speaker, author, and entrepreneur

“99% of success is how you communicate, how you lead, how you give, how you share. This is a difficult path, beset with obstacles from the beginning. Hire Smart from the Start is THE guide to finding the right and necessary people to go on that path with you.” — James Altucher, bestselling author of Choose Yourself and other books; entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, and podcaster

“Your enterprise is only as good as your team. If you can’t recruit them, you have nothing. This book helps you find them, and inspire them to join the team.”— Brian Swette, President, Sweet Earth; former COO eBay, CMO Pepsi, and Chairman Burger King; Director Shutterfly, Jamba Juice

“Carvajal’s strategic hiring process—laid out thoughtfully and methodically—is a valuable blueprint for entrepreneurs at any stage.” — Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital; Professor, Harvard Business School; author of Entering StartUpLand and Mastering the VC Game

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