Make Applying Hard Not Easy

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While The Right Five is dedicated to ensuring B2B tech founders get their first Sales hire right, this post just as easily applies to any hire you may be making. I saw a short description of life as a founder recently that went something along the lines of: Monday – we’re going to conquer the world Wednesday – we’re screwed … Read More

The Right Five, Not Just the Best Five

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You’re a busy person. You’ve founded your B2B tech startup, got your product into the market and led from the front to win those first few key customers. You’ve proved that someone will pay for your product and it looks like you’ve made it onto the right trajectory for success. You may have taken a little seed money already and, … Read More

Why Five?

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Conventional wisdom suggests you should screen all your candidates for a given role and then perform in-depth interviews with 3-5 of them and, hopefully, make your selection from there. However, does that conventional wisdom apply to B2B tech founders looking to make their first Sales hire? In any area of business, you would imagine that most hiring managers have a … Read More

How to Define Your Target Market

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In a recent post on investment pitfalls, we touched on two areas where B2B tech startups often fail to execute. One is their inability to successfully recruit their first Sales hire, the second is an inability to properly define their target market. This post provides insights on how to avoid execution issues arising from poor (or no) target market definition. … Read More

Seed Surge = Series-A Crunch?

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It’s never been easier to raise seed investment. Recent years have seen a four-fold increase in the number of seed investments. Unfortunately, the number of Series-A investments have been pretty flat over the same period and, in some regions, significantly down since 2014. As a tech B2B founder looking to make your first Sales hire, should your glass be half-full … Read More

The Alphabet Soup of Sales

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You’ve seen the acronyms, SDRs, BDRs, AEs, MQLs, SQLs etc. but what do these mean and, as a tech B2B founder looking to make your first Sales hire, what do they mean to you and should you care? After all, one salesperson is like any other salesperson, right? Actually, no but we’ll get to that. Let’s start by deciphering the … Read More

Communicating with Candidates

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A couple of good friends spent much of 2020 looking for new roles in the tech sector. It was tough for them and both interviewed with tens of companies before landing a role that excited them and was a good fit for their skillsets. What surprised me was the number of interviews they were put through by each company. It … Read More

Dealing With the Resumé Haystack

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Tech is a hot space and, for startups, hiring the right people is critical to the future success of the business. Given that most founders have a solid technical background, identifying whether a developer can do the job is relatively straight forward. Do they have the relevant Ruby experience, have they worked with Angular are both relatively straight forward to … Read More