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How Startups Can Build a Recruiting Machine: The VC Perspective

David Skok
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David Skok

General Partner, Matrix Partners

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As every startup exec and HR leader knows, the competition for top talent has never been tougher. The best people are almost never on the market, so you need to develop recruiting processes to find and sell passive candidates. For that reason, visionary VC David Skok recently dubbed recruiting “the third crucial startup skill” on his widely-read For Entrepreneurs Blog.

In this exclusive conversation with David, you'll hear his seasoned perspective on exactly how early- to mid-stage companies should build out their recruiting machine, including:

  • How to source great talent
  • How to evaluate candidates and avoid expensive hiring mistakes
  • How to sell and close great hires
  • When to hire your first recruiter
  • What help you should expect from your VCs

Whether you’re approaching the problem as a startup leader or an HR and recruiting professional, this is a unique opportunity to get advice from one of the VC community's most highly-respected authorities on the sales, marketing and now recruiting funnel.

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About David

About David

David Skok, author of the popular ForEntrepreneurs blog, joined Matrix Partners as a General Partner in May 2001. David serves on the board of multiple companies including Hubspot and Namely, is an investor in numerous others including Zendesk and Lever, and has helped several more like JBoss, Netezza and AppIQ to successful exits. David has founded a total of four separate companies (including his first at the age of 22) and performed one turn-around. Three of those companies went public, so all in all his hit rate isn't too bad. David is based in Boston, MA.