2g. Gem’s founding team and where we found them
2g. Gem’s founding team and where we found them

2g. Gem’s founding team and where we found them

As you can probably imagine, Nick and I used Gem in some way or another to hire most of our founding team. It was a combination of

2b. Referrals
2c. Sourcing 2nd-degree connections
using strong connector nodes.

Here’s our founding team of eight Gems that joined between our Seed and our Series A (in rough order):

You’ll notice a few things:

  1. Our team is almost entirely 1st-degree connections from places like MIT, Facebook, & Dropbox.
  2. Our founding team is incredibly talented and experienced.
    • Our founding team helped us grow from $100k ARR → $1M ARR in less than a year and we wouldn’t be here today without them.
    • Bringing on great people helped us hire more great people (you see several referrals within the founding team).
    • Hiring a great founding team helped us triple our team the next year and triple the following year again.
  3. The folks who were 2nd-degree connections were connected to us via strong connector nodes.

What won’t be immediately obvious to you is the thousands of hours we spent with hundreds of candidates from our network we weren’t able to hire. A few weren’t a good fit. But most didn’t want to join our small startup. This is why spending time

is critical.

Next Steps

Back ← Back to home here ← 2. Finding & reaching out to candidates here
Next Up → 3. The initial sell conversation here → Skip ahead to nurturing passive talent here

Feedback? Suggestions? Ideas? Comment directly or email steve@gem.com