Getting a successful business up and running is a key skill for entrepreneurs. Building a team that can take it to the next level is another; and some might say, one of the most difficult to master. The people they need to bring on board must be at ease with autonomy, entrepreneurial, driven, and able to apply their skills to a wide range of tasks. They also need to share the founder’s vision. Above all, to be part of a game-changing growth strategy, they have to be great team players. But where do you find these people and how do you get them on board?
Harness the team-building power of technology
Does it matter if your next key player is based in London, New York, Tokyo or Rome? Not if you have access to the technology that can empower key hires to elevate the team and help the business achieve its goals from anywhere in the world. In-app advertising platform Tapdaq has just closed a $6.5million Series A funding round which will be used to further expand the company by hiring the best talent from across the globe.
“We’re not into letting geography determine who we hire – we want to find the perfect person for the role,” says CEO and cofounder Ted Nash, a serial entrepreneur who has been creating online companies since he was 12 and was the world’s first teenager to achieve 1million App Store downloads.
He adds: “There are processes you need to put in place to make sure everyone’s doing the job that’s being asked of them and to maintain a strong company culture, but having a global approach to your workforce allows you to tap into top talent from across the world, freeing your company from geographical boundaries.”
Target the power players
Business intelligence company DueDil is growing rapidly, doubling in size to 80 people in 2015, which has involved building core functions, such as the sales team, from scratch. Getting the right people in place to lead those key areas is crucial to success, and the London-based firm recently appointed Nick Noyer as VP of marketing. Noyer was previously director of EMEA marketing and international strategy at Box , where he led market entry into Europe.
DueDil cofounder and CEO Damian Kimmelman said: “We’ve found smart leaders who bring new skillsets to the company, which is important. But for me, it’s critical to look for someone who can show they are hungry to succeed, as I want people alongside me who have something to prove and are motivated by big challenges. If they have that single attribute, they tend to rise to the obstacles we face as a company as we scale.”
Source : Forbes