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PRAISE FOR HIRE SMART FROM THE START
PETER H. DIAMANDIS, MD
New York Times Bestselling Author of Abundance and Bold; Founder, Singularity University and XPRIZE
“If you dream of starting or growing a business, your most important roles as a leader are recruiting and building culture. NOTHING is more important. This book provides a priceless how-to guide to enable your success. Read it and follow it.”
Global CEO, Y&R
“Dave Carvajal understands that the real issue of talent today isn’t about skill sets, which can be developed. And it isn’t about feeding the status quo. It’s about finding people who buy into a vision, and who have the passion and persistence it takes to be future-facing. For companies that believe in the importance of innovation (and that should be everyone), Hire Smart from the Start is the essential recruiting handbook.”
KEITH J. CUNNINGHAM
Creator of Chairman’s Council, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Author of Keys To the Vault and The Road Less Stupid
“This is the most important book I have ever read on how to leverage by recruiting and hiring well. I wish I had known these strategies fifty bad hires ago! Dave’s wisdom and insights on finding and keeping A players changes everything!”
Creator of EOS Worldwide, Author of Traction and Rocket Fuel
“The ability to consistently hire the right people is the difference between building a truly great company or just a good one. This book is the how-to manual for doing exactly that. It will save you hundreds of hours of trying to figure it out yourself. I’m recommending it to all of our clients.”
WHY I AM DONATING 100% OF THE PROFITS TO ROOM TO READ
Education and entrepreneurship are the greatest avenues to raise people out of poverty to affluence. What lifts people into true wealth is leadership and love. In business and in life, leadership and love are the highest calling for the life that is inside of us.
I am on a mission to enrich the lives of 20,000 children before the end of this decade. By combining my life’s work advising leaders in building billion dollar businesses on one extreme, we partner with Room to Read to affect the lives of children around the world who would never otherwise have access to a book or education, on the other extreme. Together, we can truly impact world change. World change starts with educated children.
My new book shows you how to make recruiting and culture your strategic competitive advantage. Contribute to the global conversation on what truly drives the success of every leader – their ability to recruit and build culture. Our approach fuses fierce competitiveness with a passion for human well being.
Recruit better. Achieve more. Make leadership and love your legacy.
PRAISE FOR HIRE SMART FROM THE START
Best-selling Author of Choose Yourself and other books; Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Hedge Fund Manager and Podcaster
“99% of success is how you communicate, how you lead, how you give, how you share. This is a difficult path, beset with obstacles from the beginning. Hire Smart from the Start is THE guide to finding the right and necessary people to go on that path with you.”
President, Sweet Earth, former COO eBay, CMO Pepsi, Chairman Burger King; Director Shutterfly, Jamba Juice
“Your enterprise is only as good as your team. If you can’t recruit them , you have nothing. This book helps you find them, and inspire them to join the team.”
Co-Founder + CEO, Bionic, Two-Time New York Times Bestselling Author, Investor in 35+ Startups
“If there is one skill, one gift, which separates successful founders and creators, it’s identifying, hiring and developing talent. It’s the one skill all investors asymmetrically value above all others in a founder – it must be their superpower. Dave Carvajal’s Hire Smart from the Start is the new playbook to obtain it.”
Bestselling author, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
“Too many companies hire without a blueprint. However, ‘winging it’ and making such important decisions with your ‘gut’ is a recipe for disaster. Dave Carvajal provides a thoughtful guidebook for making one of the most critical decisions a company can make — getting the right people on board.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
The success of every leader will be determined by their ability to recruit & build culture.
The lesson seems so basic. Yet time after time, recruitment expert Dave Carvajal has seen good companies stumble and lose their stride — just when they were poised for rapid growth.
All because their leaders looked at hiring as a tedious chore, rather than the single most critical strategy for amplifying a company’s image, enterprise value, and momentum.
They posted an ad hoc job ad. Took the first candidate with the right skills. Hired for immediate needs, rather than future flourishing.
In Hire Smart from the Start, Dave distills lessons gained from 20 years in the trenches, building out and staffing two enormously successful Internet startups (including HotJobs.com, which grew to 650 employees, $1.2B market capitalization after its IPO, ultimately acquired by Yahoo!) and helping firms like Tumblr, Buddy Media and Shutterstock land the talent they need to reach their highest growth potentials.
Whether you’re a high-tech entrepreneur about to take a startup public, a professional leader of a corporate organization, or a food truck vendor with a great concept that’s taking off, this book offers a proven formula to help you:
Find candidates with the right values and working style for your business
Identify the FIVE TYPES OF CANDIDATE you should never, ever hire
Motivate “reach” candidates to leave good positions and take a chance on the vision you’re building
Develop meaningful incentives that make good people stay
And So Much More…
Accelerate success starting now: hire smart from the start.
PRAISE FOR HIRE SMART FROM THE START
Founder and Managing Director, FYRFLY Venture Partners, and Founder and Co-Chair, V Foundation Wine Celebration
“Dave Carvajal is exceptional about understanding how to recruit teams (players) that embrace and embody a company’s vision, toward creating high-performance teams. Hire Smart from the Start lays the groundwork for achieving your mission with the right values and people.”
General Partner, IVP
“Hiring the right senior executives is critical to the success of a fast-growing enterprise. Top talent attracts top talent and separates the best startups from the rest of the pack. If you dream of starting or growing a business, this is an essential how-to book to learn how to execute the most important role of a leader – recruiting and culture.”
JEANNE M. SULLIVAN
Co-Founder, StarVest Partners
“After 25 years of venture capital investing and support to entrepreneurs, this is what I know for certain: If you hire wrong – you lose time and money. This is a “learned art” so it helps to have a sherpa like Dave Carvajal guide you through the mountain pass.”
General Partner, Flybridge Capital; Professor, Harvard Business School; author of Entering StartUpLand and Mastering the VC Game
“Carvajal’s strategic hiring process—laid out thoughtfully and methodically—is a valuable blueprint for entrepreneurs at any stage.”
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