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Aug 23

5 + 1 = 6

by Ray • August 23, 2007

The Spokeo Perspective

If you happened to check out our company page today, you’d notice that Spokeo got a great marketing boost in Mital. She is very lively, a fireball of energy, a human Mount Vesuvius. She is exactly what we are not, so it’s a great fit, and we’re super excited that she is with us. A very small aside: HARRISON YOU BROKE THE ABOUT PAGE AGAIN.

Taking a step back, I now see that we have hired the same way for all three very different positions. It has taken me a while to internalize our hiring philosophy to the point where I can actually verbalize it.

Our hiring philosophy errs towards false negatives. By definition, a startup is an underdog for its first few years. What we lack in resources, reach, and an established user base we must make up in A players. Our leverage resides solely in the people we have.

We also only hire when we are in pain. When in pain, we know exactly what we are hiring for. When in pain, we know we are acquiring a resource that will be efficiently utilized. The downside is that our new hires hit the ground running. And they run fast.

Fundamentally, a clash exists between false negatives and hiring in pain. The first quality tells you to take your time shopping, while the second creates a situation where you really don’t want to take your time. Alas, the joys of a startup.

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4 Responses to 5 + 1 = 6

  1. Elroy Jetson says: Aug 24th, 2007

    Congratulations! I am a big Spokeo fan and love that the team is growing.

  2. harrison says: Aug 24th, 2007

    Thank you, Elroy, for your kind encouragement. I have been a reader of your http://www.elroyjetson.org (I’ve added it into Spokeo a week ago), and you have been providing a lot of insights to the social networking space.

    Can’t wait to read your next post!

  3. Scott Lane says: Aug 28th, 2007

    Harrison, Ray, Eric, Mike (both):

    Congrats on having Mital join your team! Her fantastic vision, great execution and quality relationship devlopment will enhance Spokeo’s efforts to date and help launch you all to far greater milestones and plateaus that will pave the way for fantastic achievements!

    Scott

  4. harrison says: Aug 30th, 2007

    Thanks, Scott, for your encouragement :)

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