It’s a cliché these days to say people are the most important part of any company. But it’s absolutely true.
Hiring strong people, particularly product managers, is a real art.
Prior to my experience at Uber, I considered myself pretty poor at interviewing and recruiting candidates.
However, seeing how Uber does it up close, and going through many, many, many interviews as part of the hypergrowth the company was experiencing, really gave me new insights into how to do it well.
One of my favorite compliments I received after leaving Uber was how effective a team builder I was.
Even though people can really make or break a company’s success, I find that most startups really don’t know how to recruit for key roles. So these days I’m increasingly helping the startups I work with think through how to describe their job requirements, find and reach out to candidates, and build interview loops that really test for a great fit with the company’s needs.
It’s so rewarding finding amazing people to supercharge the dreams of founders.