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A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

Welcome to A-Players, where you will learn how to target, hire, retain, and train top performers for your team! In this podcast, Robin Choy hosts top startups execs who share their experience building and scaling their companies. A must-listen if you're building your own team or working for an in-house recruiting team.

"Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships".

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Kim Scott, Author @ Radical Candor. How to create a radically candid environment where A Players can thrive.

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 250 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 30:30

Hiring is but the beginning - now you've built that team of A-Players, you need to create the perfect ecosystem for them to thrive. Learn how to get, give and encourage both praise and criticism, organize 1:1s, develop their careers. Kim Scott is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing your Humanity. She led AdSense, YouTube and Doubleclick teams at Google and worked with Sheryl Sandberg.  Hear from a management coach praised by top CEOs world-class tech companies (Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, etc.) - and enjoy our great season finale! More on Kim Scott and Radical Candor on www.radicalcandor.com.

Madhura Dudhgaonkar @Workday. Build A-Teams of Machine Learning Engineers.

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 250 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 29:53

Madhura is Senior Director, Machine Learning at Workday and has a very specific view on recruiting: You shouldn't aim for A-Players but for A-Teams. Not necessarily rockstars, but people that work well together and complement each other. In this episode, she will tell us why this is particularly the case in Engineering & Machine Learning teams. How to hire for new roles (in this case - Machine Learning Engineers). How to write job descriptions and how to interview.  Lots of learning for anyone building a Data Science or Machine Learning team - that can be applied to all other teams as well! 

Jon Stross @Greenhouse. Recipes to climb the Hiring Maturity curve.

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 630 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 30:09

Jon Stross is co-founder at Greenhouse, a leading Applicant Tracking System that built a very interesting framework: the Hiring Maturity Curve. 4 stages (Chaotic, Inconsistent, Systematic, Strategic) that every company needs to complete before achieving recruiting greatness. Wherever you feel your company belongs, listen to Jon's battle-tested recipes and escape your current stage!

Sultan Murad Saidov @Beamery. How your recruiter and candidate experience will change next year.

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 230 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 28:22

Sultan is co-founder at Beamery, which they launched in 2016, having started working on the problems and space in 2012 at the tail end of the financial crisis. Now in face of a new enormous crisis, the recruiting industry will adapt and evolve even faster. Sultan shares his vision on what will change in the next few months - not the next few decades. He covers DE&I initiatives, candidate personalization, privacy, nurturing of talent pools. 30 minutes to make sure your company won't miss the boat!  

Chris Slowe, CTO @Reddit. The story of Reddit and its founding engineer-turned-CTO.

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 200 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 25:38

Chris' story is intertwined with Reddit's. From its early days in 2005 to its sale to Condé Nast Publications in 2006 to the come back of the founding team in 2016. Listen to how the early website operated by a 4-person shop turned into one of the most-visited websites in the world with 52M+ Daily active users (and growing!). His story is one of rapid scale in the engineering team, of building skills as an engineering manager and of becoming a better CTO. 

Rocki Howard, Chief Diversity Officer @ Smart Recruiters. 5 Things That May Be Preventing You from Hiring Diverse A-Players

A-Players - The top startups' recipes to build teams of top performers

  • 190 views
  • 7 months ago
  • 29:07

Rocki knows the recruiting field in & out and she's now the Chief Diversity Officer at a leading Talent Acquisition Software. She has a very clear view on why to improve diversity in any organization (and numbers to back) and how to tactically operate that improvement. In this episode, she discussed with me the 5 main reasons that might be preventing companies from hiring top performers from diverse audiences: lack of commitment, their brand, the sourcing strategy, the hiring experience, and unconscious biases - and how to address those. Let's commit now!  Follow Rocki here on LinkedIn and add me on LinkedIn here!