In the early days of your startup, every decision counts. Fundraising. Equity. Hiring. Sales. Culture. The choices you make today will determine the outcome of your company—of your success or failure.
Where will you turn for advice when it matters most?
The Startup Foundations Bundle includes five essential guides for navigating the most challenging parts of building a new business:
Each guide includes the collective wisdom of dozens of entrepreneurs with decades of experience, from dozens of startups and successful companies like Buffer, Stripe, Facebook, Dropbox, Google, and Quora, as well as top venture funds and law firms. They are as comprehensive as they are practical, helping you make better decisions that set your company up for success. Get lifetime access to each online book, future updates, bookmarks, highlighting, commentary, and all other digital resources included with the title.
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Definition A job requisition (or job requisition form) is an internal company document a manager uses to formally request permission to fill a role or position. These documents are particularly useful for coordination and wider alignment at larger companies. For instance, the requisition might require approval (often from finance, HR, and upper management) to ensure sufficient space and funding are available for a new hire. Once the requisition receives the necessary approvals, it can serve as the starting point for a discussion between the hiring manager and their designated recruiter (for instance, at a role intake meeting).
danger️️ Wording in your job description can have unintended consequences in determining who applies. Attempts to make your roles sound more enticing can actually discourage people from applying. Researchers have found evidence that using gendered language contributes to an imbalanced pipeline of candidates; certain language can also discourage older candidates or candidates from marginalized communities from applying.
confusionPeople often confuse percentiles and percents, with serious consequences. When someone recommends compensating at the 75th percentile, they are talking about percentile rank, or paying at a rate that is greater than what 75% of companies pay for a role (in a given market, stage, et cetera). This is very different from paying 75% of what a fair market salary would be.
controversyThe “best” interview format for coding questions is a notoriously controversial topic. While many companies rely primarily on onsite, face-to-face coding interviews, a significant fraction of engineers consider “whiteboard coding” to be intimidating, stressful, and not predictive of job performance. On the other hand, alternatives like take-home tasks have drawbacks as well.
Five essential guides for early startups covering fundraising, equity, hiring, growth, culture, and sales. Comprehensive knowledge from top startups leaders.
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