The Best Time To Make Your First Startup Hire

Your startup team is an asset and one of the most important investments you will make in the early stages of your venture. Especially in the beginning, with just an idea, your first hires are essentially like co-founders who work with you to prove and build a startup.

Before you build a product, you need to figure out what to build. A talented team can build an exceptional product, but if the solution doesn’t solve a problem, it doesn’t matter how good the apps look and function.

The best time to make your first hire is the day you start your startup. Here are three reasons why.

1. It’s A Relief

Do not

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Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?

If you’re nervously thinking of handing your tasks (and inbox!) over to a complete stranger, don’t worry – we did the research for you.

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It was 6 a.m., and Ari Meisel was half awake at an airport gate, about to board a flight to Toronto. Then his virtual assistant sent him a message: “Flight canceled!” it said. “We rebooked you on a different one, so head over to gate G7.” 

Meisel runs a business coaching service and productivity method called Less Doing, and this is exactly why he loves having a virtual assistant (or VA). Someone fixed his problem before he was even aware it. “I believe VAs should be utilized for personal tasks as much as business tasks because they both take weight off the entrepreneur’s mind,” he says. “I

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Edward Chick and Rich Hollister Join ContractPodAi in Double C-Suite Hire to Prepare for Blitzscaling

ContractPodAi has hired former Apttus GM, IBM Emptoris World Wide Leader Edward Chick as Chief Growth Officer and former Reis, executive Rich Hollister as Chief Revenue Officer, to help lead a new era of growth

ContractPodAi®, the award-winning provider of AI-powered contract lifecycle management solutions, today announced two strategic C-Suite appointments to kickstart a new phase of growth. ContractPodAi has seen digital transformations take an increasingly strong hold in organizations this year, leading to Q3’20 being the best quarter in the company’s history. The company is now looking ahead to exponentially increasing client impact via blitzscaling, pursuing rapid and reputation-setting growth in the still-nascent legal tech market.

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Edward Chick, Chief Growth Officer, ContractPodAi (Photo: Business Wire)

ContractPodAi’s razor-sharp focus on growth necessitates a team dedicated to its management. As Chief Growth Officer (CGO), Edward Chick will

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Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap by Deanna Mulligan

Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap

Deanna Mulligan

280 pages, Columbia Business School Publishing, 2020

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Tech companies and their customers report that the coronavirus crisis has significantly accelerated digital transformations across the public and private sectors. Remote work, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are gaining usage at lightning speed. This means the urgency of re-skilling and upskilling the workforce has also intensified. That challenge is complex. In her new book, Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap, Guardian Life Insurance CEO Deanna Mulligan explains how even her industry’s ancient practice of actuarial science has had to retrain using next-generation skills, and how society must now do the same.—Deanna Mulligan


Early in my tenure as CEO, I asked our team at Guardian to become experts in the future of work and how workers can acquire the necessary skills

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