October 9, 2016: This week’s essay takes a look at the personnel issues of trying to scale a company. A young entrepreneur inspired this; he wonders why his employees are not always eager to take on more responsibility. He’s trying to scale to meet customer demand, and he’s running into a common problem I have experienced many times.
January 12, 2014: The topic of our monthly Operators Studio this past week was selling to and employing Gen Y, those born in the years 1977-1995. Much of the youthful tech workforce in Austin falls into that category, and the undergraduates in our Longhorn Startup class are concluding that generation and are paving the way for the incoming Z’s this fall. As in most tech hotbed cities, talent acquisition and retention is becoming a major battleground, and the discussion on this Gen Y topic was pretty enlightening.
November 10, 2013: When Aaron Rodgers went down with a shoulder injury last Sunday, the Packers called in Seneca Wallace, who had never played a snap with that team and had only been on the roster since summer. What if Wallace had then been hurt? It sounded from the commentary that the 3rd string QB might have to be drafted from the spectators. It was the proverbial Twelfth Man situation made famous by Texas A&M.
June 4, 2013: This post is the flip side of the previous post talking about finding a job from the engineer’s viewpoint. Knowing that he or she may be working from that playbook, how do you recruit that person to your team?
Again, that engineer has very high odds of finding a job where the work is interesting, skills are a good match, and the colleagues are likeable. That’s a given. Here, though, is my list of five advantages you can offer as the prospective employer:
June 2, 2013: Today’s post is in response to recent conversations in person and on social media about recruiting technology talent. The big hurdle for any employer is that qualified engineers have plenty of income alternatives in the current market climate, whether in Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, NY, or the Valley. What does this look like from the job seeker’s perspective?
January 17, 2013. Editor’s Note: Today we welcome a guest post from TechDrawl contributor Cindy Grossman, a partner at Giordani Swanger Ripp & Phillips LLP in Austin. Cindy specializes in business transactions, particularly with respect to tax implications. This is a bonus edition of TechDrawl, about twice the normal length, but it’s a complex subject that deserves your attention if you are scaling up a technology company.