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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".

Add me on LinkedIn to continue the conversation: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rbchoy/!

Brought to you by HireSweet.

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

  • 410 views
  • 7 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

  • 390 views
  • 8 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

  • 770 views
  • 9 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

  • 350 views
  • 9 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

  • 330 views
  • 9 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

  • 290 views
  • 9 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! 

Madeline Mann @ Self-Made Millenial. Use LinkedIn beyond in mails and job postings.

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

  • 250 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 30:23

LinkedIn's the #1 tool in any recruiter toolkit - for a reason. Yet most of us are only scratching the surface and wondering how to dive deeper. In this episode, Madeline explains how to leverage LinkedIn to its maximum. How to start, when to post, what to post. 30 minutes of very actionable advice for you to start today building your brand on LinkedIn! Follow Madeline on LinkedIn on https://www.linkedin.com/in/madelinemann and on her website www.madelinemann.com!

Alex Bouaziz, CEO @ Deel. 1,000 new customers in 12 months for this payroll company for remote workers.

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

  • 290 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 26:48

Deel raised a total of $50M from tier-1 VCs in less than 18 months after inception to build a payroll company for distributed workers. This is their story, his view on hiring top performers, and his vision for the future of distributed work! Follow Alex here on LinkedIn! And let's connect and continue the conversation here on LinkedIn too!

Mike Moriarty, Global Head of Talent Acquisition @Dropbox. Use data to run your Talent Acquisition like a business.

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

  • 250 views
  • 10 months ago
  • 34:09

Mike Moriarty is the Global Head of Recruitment at Dropbox, helping to lead a team of 100+ Dropboxers developing and innovating cutting-edge staffing practices and outcomes. Previously, Mike built the tech staffing function at Dropbox from the ground up (2017-2020), and prior to that, rose the ranks at Google redefining the way sourcers and recruiters use data to own and tell their story to business leaders. In this episode, Mike tells us how to build a professional hiring architecture, inspired by the best practices in sales and marketing. Follow Mike here on LinkedIn! And let's connect and continue the conversation here on LinkedIn too!

Alexandre Pachulski, Co-Founder @ Talentsoft. Recruiting and AI in the Pop Culture.

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

  • 330 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 30:34

Alexandre Pachulski is a very eclectic person. Founder in the leading HRIS Talentsoft ($100M ARR, 700 people in the team), he's also a movie freak and a big sports fan. When he set out to write a book, it wasn't yet another business book on hiring: it was a book on Artificial Intelligence in the history of cinema. In this episode, Alexandre shares his view on the future of recruiting (with the Beatles), on how to improve decision-making in recruiting (with Brad Pitt's Billy Beane in Moneyball), and on the Golden State Warriors. Buckle up!

Carmen Hudson @ Recruiting Toolbox. A brief history of recruiting!

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

  • 230 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 27:33

Carmen started working in recruiting in 2000 at Amazon. Then Microsoft, Yahoo, Twitter. In this episode, she shares her history which crosses that of the Silicon Valley: Dot-com crash, Microsoft-Yahoo war, LinkedIn launch. Live that history with her!

Kris Bondi, CEO @Mimoto. How to align your teams quickly and get into a position to be acquired or IPO!

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

  • 240 views
  • 11 months ago
  • 26:56

Kris is a leading CMO whose sweet spot has been getting companies into a position so they can be acquired or IPO: she has contributed to seven acquisitions and two IPO filings. This expertise requires moving fast and aligning quickly the marketing teams to new objectives. In this episode, she shares the playbook she used at LogDNA and Bitnami. This playbook includes: a full day offsite to map the team’s new roles, have distributed teams act as one, and send grocery cards! Don’t wait for an exit or IPO to apply this battle-tested strategy and start aligning your team now!

Rodolphe Dutel, Founder @Remotive.io. Transition your team to remote work.

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

  • 240 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 28:12

Remotive.io has been around for 6 years and is one of the strongest remote workers community. They talked about remote working way before the pandemic. Rodolphe tells us about how remote working used to be a niche phenomenon, how most content on organizing remote teams was not created for beginners and how remote can be one future for work - but not the only one.

James Ellis, Employer Branding @ Roku. Write world-class job descriptions and supercharge your employer branding.

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

  • 320 views
  • 12 months ago
  • 34:07

James Ellis is the biggest Employer Branding Nerd on earth (I'm not saying this, Google is!). With great energy and humor, James walks us through the groundwork of employer branding: drafting your company story and hammering it. 86% of people listening to this episode had an epiphany and completely revamped and turbocharged their employer branding. Good for recruiters and C-levels alike! If you're struggling writing your latest job descs, listen to James: he has the answer! 

Yariv Bash, CEO @ Flytrex. Bad managers need good employees.

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

  • 230 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 22:19

Yariv is CEO and cofounder at Flytrex, a drone delivery company of 31 employees with a team spread between Israel and the US. Yariv shares his story of building a team (while being right in the middle of the journey), why he crashed a spacecraft on the moon and his thesis on delegating.

Nate Smith, CEO @ Lever. A glimpse at the future of recruiting.

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

  • 250 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 32:03

Nate is one of Lever's cofounders - a leading ATS (serving 2,500 customers) that you probably all know. He started as CEO, turned CTO and then CEO again. In this episode, Nate shares all Lever's backstory (starting from the underlying technology DerbyJS), his vision for recruiting, the broader evolution of technology - AND how Lever hire their own team. A great episode that we release on the day we (HireSweet) also celebrate joining Lever's official partners ecosystem!

Kulveer Taggar, CEO & Cofounder @ Zeus Living. Find Product Market Fit. Again, and again, and again.

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

  • 240 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 24:36

Kulveer Taggar is CEO at Zeus, a tech-enabled rental company for business travelers. In this episode, Kulveer candidly shares how Covid-19 redefined the company, their struggles when they had to lay off part of the team and how they adjusted to the new environment for the better. His key messages? Listen to your inner voice, learn to make principal choices & your values have to cost you something.

Michael Seibel, CEO @ Y Combinator. How YC picks founders and how to hit Product Market Fit with your team.

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

  • 270 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 29:40

Michael is the CEO at Y Combinator - the world's most famous accelerator who launched over 2,000 startups. In this episode, Michael shares YC's 5-step recipe to select the best founders and the the main advice he gives to pre-Product Market Fit and post-Product Market Fit startups. Listen to it if you're a founder, point blank!

Romain Lapeyre, CEO @ Gorgias. From $1 to $10M ARR, what changes?

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

  • 240 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 25:39

Gorgias grew from 20 people to 90 people in the last 12 months, one of the fastest ramp up we've seen, right in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. Romain is one of the most impressive entrepreneur I've met - and a long-time friend. In this episode, he shares his personal experience on going from $1M to $10M ARR. He shares his view on building a team of executives (promote the most promising existing employees), on keeping a strong team culture while growing the team 5X (write it down), on the advice he'd give to his $1M ARR younger self (hire engineers earlier) and a lot more!

Alison Eastaway, VP of People @ Sqreen. Recruitment is broken - but we can fix it.

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

  • 210 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 30:54

Alison joined Sqreen super early (Employee #13) to help the founders build a great team and culture. She believes recruitment needs to be fixed and shares her tips on moving from transactional to relational recruitment. Listen to her now!