Analogies are useful to describe complex systems. Software engineering is opaque to most non-technical entrepreneurs. Let’s try cooking as a software development analogy.
Much like creating software, cooking involves ingredients, planning, tools, techniques and a certain amount of intuition. And like cooking, it is driven by people with various degree of talent and experience. As an entrepreneur, you can't settle for serving food that's merely suitable for human consumption. You're seeking to delight your customers. How do you achieve that?Read More
If you are hiring for a technical position, sooner or later, you are bound to find yourself on the receiving end of this kind of email.
My name is X, and I’m a technical recruiter with Y. I’m writing to introduce a strong candidate who has extensive knowledge in technology Z. He has an A degree from B university and previously worked as a lead at C.
He’s currently actively interviewing and he’s very interested in your company. He won’t stay long on the market!
I would like to arrange a meeting right away, as well as set up a time to learn more about your hiring needs. Please give me a call at 415-555-1212.
Lucky you. You’re indeed trying to hire someone with these skills. This candidate seems like he could be a good match. It might be the quick fix to your recruiting headaches. Except, it’s not. What’s wrong with this?Read More
“Dude, you just got mooned!”, he quipped. Indeed. I’m staring at my laptop in disbelief. Did that really happen?
Video chatting with random strangers, what else should I expect? But this was no Chatroulette. And these were no strangers. Au contraire. I was testing our video chat product at Spotlife, a startup company I co-founded during the dot-com boom. And I had just witnessed the naked posterior of my employee’s wife splashed in all its white glory on my screen.Read More