Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors. The firm has offices in Austin, Palo Alto, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.


Tropo enables you to make and receive phone calls, text messages and IMs from any web or mobile application, using a simple web API and pay-as-you-go pricing. Tropo's cloud communications infrastructure easily allows applications to grow and scale, with reliability trusted by over 220,000 developers and half of the Fortune 100.


SVB Financial Group has helped entrepreneurs like you to transform their ideas into innovative business for almost thirty years. Through SVB’s Entrepreneur Services Group program we provide you with the tools and connections to help you stay informed and expand your network of colleagues and investors. Our clients have benefitted from a variety of events such as investor showcases, VC dinners and authors speaker series. No other financial institution matches our commitment to supporting growing companies with expertise, guidance and connections.


Elance, the world’s leading platform for online employment, helps startups hire and manage in the cloud. For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online. Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing.

Cofounders, Hiring and Firing

Summer 2011 Silicon Valley Exclusive Semester

What talent do you need in the beginning to be successful? How do you recruit the first team members with extremely limited resources? How do you conduct a thorough interviewing process? How do you compensate? How do you set expectations, measure results and remove or fire under-performing resources? Do you need a cofounder? Do you need to have engineering in-house?

Goal:
Recruit your first team members.

Date:
2011-08-02, 06:30 PM

Mentors


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Roman Arzhintar
Direct, Product Management, Rovi Corporation

Roman is currently the director of product management at the Rovi Corporation and is responsible for SideReel, Inc., which Rovi acquired in February 2011. Prior to Rovi, Roman was the co-founder and CEO of SideReel - the largest independent TV website in the U.S. Roman ...

8.43
Alain Raynaud
CEO, FairSoftware

Alain Raynaud is the founder and CEO of FairSoftware, a TechCrunch50 Finalist that lets people associate online for profit by forming virtual corporations. In 2002, Alain co-founded EVE-USA, an electronic design automation company that grew to 100 employees and $30M in re...

8.93
Jeff Stewart
Founder & CEO, Lenddo

Jeff Stewart is the Founder of Lenddo, the world’s first online community that empowers the emerging middle class to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor,...

8.96
Adeo Ressi
Founder/CEO, Founder Institute

Adeo Ressi is the founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, the world's largest startup-technology company accelerator. The Institute is the eighth startup that Mr. Ressi has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. Mr. Ressi...

9.39
Dan Arkind
Founder & CEO, JobScore

Dan is the co-founder and CEO of JobScore, a freemium online hiring solution used by 1000+ employers. Dan is a 15+ year veteran of the tech startup talent wars and has filled every role from hire 0 to 150 at technology startups - including connecting co-founders. Dan ...

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