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At the beginning you have to solve the chicken & egg problem. You don't have a team (or likely capital or users), so you can't use your talent to attract new talent. You have to be shameless and ask every single person you know for referrals.

I was new to the startup scene, so I started from zero. One of my co-founders Russell was a contact from 10 years before who'd interviewed me for a job!

If that doesn't work, you have to hustle - meetups, AngelList, anything.

Once you've brought the first 5 people in, hiring becomes easier. Referrals from your team or investors will become a key recruiting channel, and these candidates can often be the best hires as they come pre-qualified. Incentivize these referrals - pay your team bonuses to bring in great candidates.

Saying that, there is an unprecedented war for talent going on today, and so you have to also be strategic.

Zumper has started to build offices outside the Bay Area and it has really started to pay off - not just in terms of efficient economics (e.g. ¼ of the office rent prices!), but also in terms of hard-working, smart talent. There are many more brilliant brains outside the Bay Area than in our tiny parcel of land - take advantage of that!

One more idea - some people believe the future of work will be almost completely remote, embrace this if you need to.

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Published on: May 22, 2019