Startup Hiring

An intimate live course for founders, CEOs, and company builders to become amazing at hiring. Live instruction from one of the most respected recruiting leaders in tech. Participants will rethink how they approach every part of the talent lifecycle - attracting, evaluating, and closing top talent.

Cohort 2: Now accepting applications. Space is extremely limited.

Course starts November 1, 2021

Helping people at leading companies hire more effectively.

About the Instructor: Kenny Mendes

I’m obsessed with building exceptional startups. Talent is one of the biggest success drivers.

Leading People, Finance & Ops at Coda

As one of Coda’s earliest employees, I helped the company grow from a private beta to a product used by more than 25,000 teams globally. Coda was recently valued at $1.4 billion and is scaling quickly.

Scaling Box: 40 to 1,200 + IPO

I was the first recruiting hire at Box and led the recruiting team from 2009 to 2014. People I hired and mentored at Box are now driving recruiting at top companies like Airtable, Notion, Databricks, Affirm, Miro, Asana, and Fastly.

CEO Advisor & Angel Investor

I’ve helped countless founders work through challenging hiring problems - some at early stages and others while they were trying to scale rapidly.

About the Course

Most CEOs know what world-class product and engineering looks like. But people-related matters often feel like a black box. What do the best hiring teams do differently? How can I stand out in this crazy market? What will work for me today, and what will have to change over time?

What's covered?

  • Find: learn how to build a high-quality pipeline, including effective passive sourcing campaigns.

  • Pitch: become an expert at positioning your company and opportunity well.

  • Evaluate: everything from breaking down a resume (fast!) to building repeatable, predictive, and compelling interview flows.

  • Close: dramatically increase your ability to get candidates to 'Yes!’.

Cost

  • The course is $10,000, and there’s a money-back guarantee.

  • If you participate and don’t come away feeling like you got at least $10K worth of value, I’ll refund your money.

Community

  • Alumni get to join an exclusive Slack community and receive on-going perks, such as discounts on products, access to new resources, and the opportunity to participate in fireside chats.

Who is the course for?

  • Founders and CEOs: Gain a clear understanding of the full funnel, and know how to troubleshoot if things aren’t going well. Ensure your team effectively converts offers into hires.

  • Recruiters: Early in career or senior; individual contributor or team lead. You’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, so you can be a more insightful and effective hiring partner.

  • Hiring Managers: Learn how to get the best people interested in your roles and become an amazing interviewer.

Community

Alumni get to join an exclusive Slack community and receive on-going perks, such as discounts on products, access to new resources, and the opportunity to participate in fireside chats.

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What have alumni said about the course?

Rated 4.8/5 by past students, and 100% of founders would definitely recommend the course.

I wish I took this course when I was first starting my company. The insights would have changed every part of how I hired. The depth of suggestions, course materials, guest speakers, and cohort interactions were incredible. Get your spot before they’re all gone and you’re cursing yourself wishing you had a best-in-industry mentor who could tell you how it’s done.

David Kossnick

Product leader at Coda. Previously founded Angle Technologies, and Product Manager at YouTube and Google.

Kenny’s course was phenomenal! It’s the ultimate program to take if you’re a startup founder or manage a recruitment team. In the course, he brought up a number of tools that we’ve adopted, the favorite being Gem for recruitment drip campaigns. If you’re on the fence, get off the fence & sign up!

Maria Smithson

Sr. Talent Manager, Faithlife

I highly recommend this course for entrepreneurs, leaders looking to hire and retain talent, and new managers willing to learn the nuances of hiring for startups. Kenny is awesome and keeps the class quite engaged!

Jay Manickam

Leading people and blockchain and ML initiatives at Genentech

Kenny is fantastic. It’s rare to find an expert in a field that’s also committed to sharing all his tricks of the trade. He gives you the best-practices of all parts of the hiring funnel. If you want to hire the best people, this course is a must.

Steve Krouse

Founder of Compose

This is a course I didn’t realize I would need this much! I can say with confidence that this has helped me to look at sourcing, closing and offer management in a different way. Peers from different backgrounds allowed us to share unique perspectives and best practices. My team and I at Gem have already been implementing a lot of the learnings!

Nathalie Grandy

Lead EPD recruiting at Gem, previously at Airbnb and Dropbox.

Kenny did an amazing job with this class, sharing his knowledge and tools for effective recruiting.  As an early stage company CEO, I found Kenny’s insights extremely valuable. He also shared templates in Coda which are already coming in handy. I specifically enjoyed learning about informational and creative ways to present offers to candidates.

Anjuli Mehrotra

CEO at Evme, Inc., Allergist/Immunologist

Could not recommend this course enough! Highly practical and gives you a sneak peak of how companies recruit top talent. You can use this as your ‘safe zone’ to discuss and debate your approach and what works. Helped refine my approach on topics including candidate screening, pipeline generation, pitching candidates and more. Would not miss a single session!

Aman Rangrass

Leading Partnerships, People, Finance & Ops at Skan

The course did a terrific job in filling in the gaps of my knowledge on what world-class hiring looked like for a startup. It is rigorous enough that you can immediately action improvements to your hiring process, without being overwhelming and leaving you at a loss as to “where to start?”. Learning alongside other leaders and founders brings a special quality to the sessions.

Siadhal Magos

Co-founder and CEO at Metaview. Ex-Uber.

Kenny has a wealth of knowledge. The classes were fun and engaging, with opportunities to ask questions and collaborate with peers, and talk through real-life scenarios and current recruiting topics. Kenny does a great job of sharing his tips and life lessons, while also asking what issues or hurdles the cohort is facing in their own roles. Learned a TON.

Emma Pessereau

Talent Partner at WorkRamp

The Startup Hiring program was thoughtfully crafted and very well run. Kenny knows Recruiting in and out, especially about the nuances of recruiting at earlier-stage, high-growth companies. I recommend this course to first-time founders and tenured recruiters alike. There are plenty of great learnings for everyone.

Peter Oh

Head of Recruiting at Pinwheel, formerly Two Sigma.

Startup Hiring was everything I’d hoped and more! Kenny doesn’t waste any time - the course is jam-packed with great content. This course was helpful to up-level my recruiting game in this highly competitive market. I can’t recommend this enough!

Natalie Gavello

Currently leading Talent at Persona. Previously at Kleiner Perkins.

Great course - good use of money. Kenny’s offer model and tips how to best communicate comp structures to candidates directly impacted our ability to recently close a key engineering hire.

Alex Marcus

Cofounder, CoCEO @ Mento

I highly recommend this course for entrepreneurs, leaders looking to hire and retain talent, and new managers willing to learn the nuances of hiring for startups. Kenny is awesome and keeps the class quite engaged!

Jay Manickam

Leading people and blockchain and ML initiatives at Genentech

Kenny’s course was phenomenal! It’s the ultimate program to take if you’re a startup founder or manage a recruitment team. In the course, he brought up a number of tools that we’ve adopted, the favorite being Gem for recruitment drip campaigns. If you’re on the fence, get off the fence & sign up!

Maria Smithson

Sr. Talent Manager, Faithlife

I wish I took this course when I was first starting my company. The insights would have changed every part of how I hired. The depth of suggestions, course materials, guest speakers, and cohort interactions were incredible. Get your spot before they’re all gone and you’re cursing yourself wishing you had a best-in-industry mentor who could tell you how it’s done.

David Kossnick

Product leader at Coda. Previously founded Angle Technologies, and Product Manager at YouTube and Google.

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