11 (More) Must-Read Articles on Building World-Class Teams

65142383Here’s a follow-up article to “21 Must-Read Articles on Building World-Class Teams“, a post I wrote about six weeks ago. Enjoy! (As always, I should mention in passing that if you’re interested in being a part of world-class team, RG Labs is hiring.)

#1 – Hiring a VP of Engineering or CTO For Non-Techie (First Time) Founders – Solid article from Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures.

#2 – How To Run A Company That Engineers Actually Want To Work For -Business Insider isn’t normally the first place I’d think to look for advice on hiring engineers but this article is actually really good.

#3 – On Finding and Working with Software Engineers – How the heck did I miss the one the first time around?! One of the better articles I’ve read on the topic.

#4 – Ranting about the quality of developers – Fairly straightforward but good overview of hiring engineers.

#5 – Startup Mantra: Hire Fast, Fire Fast – I don’t know that I fully agree with Suster here but well worth a read. Interesting to note the difference in philosophy between this article and Cult Creation.

#6 – – 25 Things that make hiring technical talent much easier My friend Charlie bringing the heat. Here’s another good post from him on the topic: “Startup Recruiting Hacks“.

#7 – How to (Fucking) Hire Developers – A very opinionated (and mostly awesome) article about how to hire developers.

#8 – How to Hire a Great Web Designer, With Y Combinator’s Garry Tan – This doesn’t get talked about enough and few know more about the topic than Garry. Great complement to Jason Putorti’s Quora post “How to Interview a Designer” and Chris Zacharias’s “Hiring Front-End Engineers“.

#9 – Hiring: The Lake Wobegon Strategy – Short but simple post from the Google Research blog about the dangers of hiring “above the mean”.

#10 – How to assemble the perfect team – A person-by-person analysis of hiring in a startup along with lessons learned. I wish more startups did this.

#11 – Recruit Top Talent Like Ari Gold From Entourage – Woot! Love listening to my boy Ethan talk on this topic. Read everything he writes on the topic.

What have I missed? Let me know in the comments!

10. July 2011 by Jon
Categories: Entrepreneurship, RG Labs | 5 comments

  • http://www.tinyurl.com/kirankg Kiran Garimella

    Thanks for the articles, John.  I think that the nature of how we work for companies is going to change – or, at least, should change.  When people start thinking that their paycheck is an entitlement, it drives innovation out in favor of comfort and security – that's the death knell of an economy.

  • http://ethanbloch.com ethan

    Thanks Jon. Love you too! :-)

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  • http://www.showmeapp.com San Kim

    NYTimes just posted an awesome interview with David Sacks: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07

    Sacks has written some great posts on the topic on Quora too: http://www.quora.com/Why-did-D

  • http://www.showme.com/ San Kim

    NYTimes just posted an awesome interview with David Sacks: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07

    Sacks has written some great posts on the topic on Quora too: http://www.quora.com/Why-did-D