Posts Tagged ‘Founder Stories’

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Michael Yavonditte

by Scott Edward Walker on June 16th, 2011

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video clip of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.  This week, we present Michael Yavonditte, currently the founder and CEO of Hashable and Tracked, and formerly the CEO of Quigo (which was sold to AOL in 2007 for $340 million) — and a very smart, impressive entrepreneur (and mentor).

In this solid, three-minute interview via Founder Stories (one of my favorite podcasts), Michael provides some excellent advice to startups, including the importance of (i) hiring great people, (ii) a “good” and “sensible” idea, (iii) flexibility and (iv) “sequencing” and “prioritization.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Many thanks, Scott


How to Hire a Superstar Engineer for Your Startup

by Scott Edward Walker on June 2nd, 2011


This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section – or feel free to call me directly at 310-288-6667 (Los Angeles) or 415-979-9998 (San Francisco).  Many thanks, Scott


We launched a consumer internet site about a year ago, and we’re starting to get some really good traction.  We’ve spoken to a bunch of angel investors and they all told us that we need to get an engineer on our team (my partner and I are both business guys and we outsourced the development).  The problem is we’re in Silicon Valley, and we obviously don’t have the money to compete with the big tech companies for talent.  Can you please give us some advice on hiring a superstar engineer and the key legal issues that we should be addressing.  Thanks!