Struggling to Hire Engineers

The startup community has been kicking out amazing posts as the year comes to a close, and we have some gems to share this week. We’re breaking form a bit, and sharing some of our own advice on a topic near and dear to my heart: recruiting engineering talent.

Recruiting Game Plan

I’ve been using my sabbatical time to help companies hire engineers. Velocity is often the make or break issue in winning star candidates. I’ve been encouraging companies we help to map out the hiring process in advance, and have pulled together many elements that are easy to miss. The document got so much glowing feedback, I am sharing the Google Doc widely this week: Interview Game Plan template.

From the Operators

Rand Fishkin of SparkToro explores whether blogging is still worthwhile for the effort, and the factors authors should consider in Can You Still Blog Your Way to Visibility & Credibility?

Justin Jackson of is thinking about something that’s been bouncing around in my head while on sabbatical: Can you grow a startup on the side?

Max Rhodes of Faire shares his story of getting to $100 million in financing. Our favorite part is the advice from Michael Moritz the “constant application of force” is what separates winning companies.

From the Investors

Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital writes There’s more than one path to $100 million. We love the shout out to Neeraj’s and his great advice on tripling and doubling your company.

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures points out that while we talk about the importance of self-care for founders, we also attack our most visible leaders when they talk about it in Leadership and Self Care.

Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures has been writing his book The World After Capital, which honestly I find as a bit of premature celebration. But I love his post this week Bots for All of Us (Informational Freedom).

Li Jin and D’Arcy Coolican of Andreessen Horowtiz compiled a terrific list of 16 Ways to Measure Network Effects.