Nibletz - Should Startups Hire for Today or Tomorrow?

When  looking at the rapidly changing dynamics inside today's technology startups, there are many challenges that entrepreneurs face -- especially when it comes to hiring. At the heart of this specific matter is addressing your current needs while keeping your business objectives in mind. Is it better to hire talent to help you get over the today's current humps or look for the people who are able to see future state for growth and opportunities tomorrow? Partner Kevin Buckby recently shared his thoughts with Nibletz in a feature post that he guest-authored.

(Nibletz) - Should Startups Hire for Today or Tomorrow?

Selecting and hiring talent in today’s market is perhaps the most critical success-factor for high growth startups. Yet these founders face a dilemma: Should they acquire talent to address today’s challenges and goals, or hire leaders with the head-room and skills to scale and anticipate future opportunities?

Earn the Right
Startups need to solve today’s challenges to earn the right to address tomorrow’s opportunities. By failing to focus on immediate challenges, such as meeting the needs of your early customers, the challenge you anticipate in international expansion will never materialize. It’s important to seek individuals who can drive near-term success, and thus position a company for growth.

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A Look Back at Recruiting in Q3

It's hard to believe but 2013 is already on the home stretch toward completion, but there is still plenty of work to be done. In our quarterly newsletter, Chief Operating Officer John Simonelli shares his take on wrapping up a successful last quarter of the year, our recruiters share some unique hiring tips, and we take a look back at a few of our recruiting accomplishments from Q3. Read our full newsletter below:

SF Business Times names Riviera Partners #78 Fastest-Growing Private Company

Riviera Partners has once again been named to The SF Business Times  “The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the San Francisco Bay Area” this year. Along with our clients like, TubeMogul, Rodan + Fields and Xoom, among others, we are pleased to see our growth recognized on this list for the second year in a row.

“The economic impact of these companies is real and impressive — and they are the kinds of firms that have made the Bay Area ground zero for entrepreneurs with good ideas, passion and perseverance,” said Emily Fancher, Senior Editor of the SF Business Times.

Being recognized on the Fast 100 is an honor that highlights Riviera Partners’ dedication to providing high quality service  to our candidates and clients as we continue to strive toward delivering the best experience in search. Our knowledge of the Bay Area technology market and the commitment of our employees are all factors which will continue to help us grow and continue earning our place on the list. While we continue to look for opportunities to expand and further grow the company, we remain dedicated to focusing on helping  companies find the right talent.

Reuters - Twitter pays engineer $10 million as Silicon Valley tussles for talent

Partner Iain Grant recently spoke with Sarah McBride of Thomson Reuters to discuss some of the challenges that companies face when trying to hire engineering talent -- from software engineers to VP Engineering. While the competitive ecosystem continues to grow, many companies are struggling not only to find the right engineers to help them scale, but to also meet the salary and cultural demands of these people. Grant shares his views on the limited talent pool and growing demands for these people in the full article.

(Reuters) Twitter pays engineer $10 million as Silicon Valley tussles for talent

Among Twitter Inc's highest-paid executives, Christopher Fry's name stands out.

The senior vice president of engineering raked in $10.3 million last year, just behind Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo's $11.5 million, according to Twitter's IPO documents. That is more than the paychecks of executives such as Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger, Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta and Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where a shortage of top engineering talent amid an explosion of venture capital-backed start-ups is inflating paychecks.

"The number of A-players in Silicon Valley hasn't grown," said Iain Grant, a recruiter at Riviera Partners, which specializes in placing engineers at venture-capital backed start-ups. "But the demand for them has gone through the roof."

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October Drinkup with the SF Google Developer Group

Riviera Partners recently partnered with the Google Developer Group of San Francisco to host a Drinkup on the wharf behind China Basin. The group of approximately 150 joined the event and celebrated the evening with craft cocktails by award winning bartender, Ethan Terry (AQ, Heaven’s Dog, Alembic), custom ice cream cupcakes from Cako, and the legendary Tamale Lady.

Riviera was proud to welcome the Google Developer Group of San Francisco (GDGsf) at this event. GDGsf aims to provide technical training on emerging Google technologies, as well as to provide an environment that facilitates networking.

Plan on joining us for our next event November 7th.

Biking With Bob Roll

Last week, Riviera hosted its second annual biking event with cycling celebrity Bob Roll. To change gears from last year's ride in Mill Valley, this year we identified a route through the hills of Menlo Park for a 30 mile ride. We kicked things off with a meetup outside of Zot's Alpine Inn to mingle while gearing up and then rolled out shortly after. It was a great ride full of challenging climbs, beautiful scenery and good company.

We've got some great photos from the event, so make sure to checkout our album on Facebook to see them all!

Women 2.0 - 3 Tips to Attract Engineering Talent

Finding engineering talent to help build your startup is a daunting task. With competition seemingly around every corner, it is important for growing startups to identify their scaling needs and act decisively when hiring. Considering that many engineers today are constantly being pitched new opportunities chock full of perks and substantial salary figures, it takes a sound hiring strategy to close the talent your company needs.  In a recent publication in Women 2.0, Michael Morell shares a few tips that cover the broad spectrum of talent acquisition.

(Women 2.0) - 3 Tips to Attract Engineering Talent

Almost all tech startups need some good engineering talent to get things rolling. These tips can help you hire that talent.

If you’re thinking of starting a company, no doubt one of the thoughts at the top of your mind is finding the right people to help you run it. And startups that fall under the tech umbrella are going to need some engineers. But attracting–and closing–top engineering talent can be a challenge. The folks at the recruiting firm Riviera suggest the following tips to overcome this challenge.

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Q3 In Review

With the coming of October 1, we officially welcome the start of Q4! Looking back on Q3, we had a busy quarter full of hosted events, interesting new clients, lots of great press and a slew of new faces. It was a quarter of growth and alignment for toward new opportunities - and we definitely will be riding this wave of momentum to kick October off with a bang!

We put together a mini graphic highlighting a few of our Q3 accomplishments. Here's to continued success in Q4!