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How to Hire the Right Candidate. There are lots of options. That’s good – and bad – for startups

How to Hire the Right Candidate. There are lots of options. That’s good - and bad - for startups

Team development is everything in the beginning. If a startup doesn’t staff wisely, the ship can quickly flounder. But finding a great hire is no easy task in a saturated job market, especially when the perfect candidate might not be looking for a job. Despite a vast sea of online job boards, tools, and applicant tracking systems, hiring remains a struggle.

Think of a superhero movie. The mission is just too daunting for the protagonist alone. The hero will search through their directory of fellow superheroes, rebels, and those with complementary skill sets. As the team is assembled, it becomes clear that some recruits are already engrossed with other work, see too much risk in the proposed job, or have unsettled business with one of the team’s members.

Something that a successful protagonist never does is settle.

The team is going to assist in developing a vision, reaching goals, and even setting limits. That’s why it is so important to reach for the best. In the early stages, a startup will likely begin with active recruitment — the process of attracting prospects that often are not seeking work. If the vision of the startup is strong, shows promise, and inspires the prospect, they might be unable to resist the temptation of an intoxicating new career journey.

“When you’re a startup, you’re not going to be able to compete from a compensation perspective with Amazon and Google, or the other big banks. So you can’t lead with that package,” said Craig Markovitz, an entrepreneur and assistant teaching professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. “What you can offer people is an opportunity to really make a contribution to see the results of their labor and commitment — and that’s really the kind of person that you want.”

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Pittsburgh Startup Bets Pop-up Childcare Can Transform the Workplace

Pittsburgh Startup Bets Pop-up Childcare Can Transform the Workplace

Flexable aims to help employers accommodate workers with kids.

As any parent knows, finding suitable childcare is a drain on your time — and your bank account.

But one Pittsburgh-based startup is looking to alleviate some of the worries associated with finding someone to watch your kid when the nanny’s car breaks down or off-site daycare closes.

Pittsburgh-based Flexable is a B-to-B service that sets up flexible childcare at workplaces, networking events, and conferences, working with employers to provide on-site childcare to their employees.

“Childcare has always been something traditionally in American culture that rests primarily on the parents themselves,” said Priya Amin, one of Flexable’s co-founders. “So this is something that is new to a lot of organizations, to see themselves as being part of the solution.”

Employers offering on-site daycare isn’t new — a few well-known companies like Campbell’s, Patagonia, and Nike have been offering similar services for years — but the trend is growing. Early studies show that having childcare in the workplace improves employee performance and can significantly boost retention rates. Plus, parents won’t lose a day of work due to a school closure or because their au pair falls ill.

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IEE: Why They Do It? Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal

IEE Why They Do It Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal

IEE: Why They Do It? Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal

Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:30 am – 10:30 am
Fairmont Hotel
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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IEE MEMBER EVENT

Headlines are full of well-known executives indicted for white-collar crimes. Perplexed as to what drives successful, wealthy people to risk it all, Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes took a journey deep into the minds of white-collar criminals. It turns out most of these executives are not reckless or driven by excessive greed, but make decisions the way we all do – on the basis of their intuitions and gut feelings. The trouble is, these gut feelings are often poorly suited for the modern business world. Book will be provided.

SVP Pittsburgh’s Full Circle Alumni Pitch

SVP Pittsburgh’s Full Circle Alumni Pitch

SVP Pittsburgh’s Full Circle Alumni Pitch

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Alloy Studios
5530 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses are now working to leverage stories as a strategic tool to advance important missions. Effective stories are powerful because they drive action: spurring donations, mobilizing supporters, and more.

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Pittsburgh is providing a platform for nonprofit organizations to share their stories. We invite you to join us for our Full Circle Alumni Pitch Event on Wednesday, December 18th! Learn about impact from nonprofit leaders that have previously participated in the Full Circle Nonprofit Accelerator program. Alumni Pitch participants are: Assemble, Allegheny Youth Development, Hope Haven Farm, NFBD, and Providence Connections.

Come to support our nonprofit community, connect with our SVP Partners and community stakeholders, and meet the incredible organizations and leaders that have participated in the programs. SVP Pittsburgh Board Members will also share a little about our own impact and priorities for 2020.