Why Time Off is Good for You

Steve LudwigLife StuffLeave a Comment

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I like to work. My guess is that you do too.  That’s why you are in the startup world. You want to do the work it takes to see your idea become reality.  Our team at The Right Five likes to work. If we didn’t we wouldn’t have started this company.  It’s probably a safe bet that your team likes … Read More

Who Should Be Your First Sales Hire?

Steve LudwigValue Creation JourneyLeave a Comment

the number one in a parking space

Quick. Think of a salesperson. What comes to mind? How do you feel about that person?  If you are like most of us, we’re suspicious of salespeople. They are the ones that try to get us to buy a car we can’t afford, pitch ethically questionable extended warranties, and seem to hover over us in certain stores.  Throw in the … Read More

How Do You Scale Sales at a Startup?

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Startup Valuation Curve

Scaling Sales at a startup is a three step process: Prove product/market fit by achieving founder-led sales and proving that someone will pay, Hire a Pathfinder salesperson whose role is to develop a predictable, repeatable, scalable, profitable Sales process (a.k.a. a Playbook), Build out the Sales organisation to implement the Playbook at scale. Note: your Sales leader for this stage … Read More

When Should I Hire My First Sales Rep?

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image showing "we are hiring"

You’ve successfully built and launched your product and made some initial sales. You’re probably like most Founders and looking forward to getting out of the Sales front line and wondering when you should hire your first Sales rep. If that’s you, then you’ve already passed two of the three major milestones to hiring your first Sales rep: Established product/market fit … Read More

To AI or Not AI? That is the Question

Steve LudwigHiring ChallengesLeave a Comment

The letters Ai representing Artificial Intelligence.

The world is impersonal enough, we don’t want some algorithm to reject a resumé because HR was too busy to look at your unique set of experiences and background. Techniques such as scanning for keywords or, worse, employment gaps and arbitrarily excluding candidates based on those gaps can lead to employers missing out on great candidates and is potentially discriminatory. … Read More

Founder Seeks Pathfinder for Mutually Beneficial Relationship

Rob BakerPathfinder SalesLeave a Comment

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B2B tech founders will find they are best served by considering their all-important first Sales hire, The Pathfinder, as a ‘Comrade-in-Arms’ rather than a pure Sales functionary. According to Merriam-Webster, a business centric definition of a ‘comrade-in-arms’ is “a person one worked together with to achieve something”. Those few words perfectly encapsulate how B2B tech founders should shift their mindset to … Read More

The Great Layoff

Neil HartleyHiring ChallengesLeave a Comment

person packing their possessions in a box when laid off

Last week we highlighted how B2B tech founders can deal with the Great Resignation. This week we’re taking a look at the Great Layoff and what that means for our B2B tech founder. While the Great Resignation requires a degree of thoughtfulness in terms of how to compete given that dynamic, the Great Layoff presents opportunity albeit with a note … Read More

The Great Resignation…

Neil HartleyHiring ChallengesLeave a Comment

this must be the place

…or as Gary Vaynerchuk said, “what about the great ‘not even applying in the first place’?” The seeds of the “great resignation” go back several years and it was Texas A&M’s Anthony Klotz who gave it a name back in 2019. A 2021 Microsoft survey of over 30,000 workers showed 41% were considering quitting their job with that number rising … Read More

The Right Five – Overview and Demo

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The Right Five Overview and Demo

Overview and Demo Video:- Transcript:- Many B2B tech founders struggle to successfully make their first sales hire. This is largely because of a mismatch between what they think they need and what they actually need to get them from startup to scale-up. As an example, founders often lean towards salespeople with the best rolodex, or who are the most extroverted, … Read More