“At Swing, we say founders are always recruiting: recruiting customers, investors and talent.”
– Debbie Wissel, VP of Growth at SwingSearch
I joined M12 from Microsoft’s HR organization, where I held roles in strategy and learning & development. With this background, I’ve been naturally curious about talent opportunities and challenges in the startup ecosystem. In my role as a portfolio development manager, I work closely with a handful of M12’s portfolio companies supporting all aspects of their growth and partnership with Microsoft. But along the way, I’ve fielded my share of HR-related questions as well: inquiries about compensation structures, requests for interview best practices, and asks about executive recruiting. It’s increasingly clear that finding the right talent to scale a startup is a critical business challenge that can keep founders up at night. While I’m always happy to lend my experience, I’m also thrilled when I can pass the mic to an expert to share learnings and insights with our portfolio companies.
A few weeks ago, we partnered with SwingSearch—a talent recruitment agency for startups and high-growth companies—to coordinate a webinar about a founder’s role in recruiting. We were excited to host Mandy Edmund, COO and Debbie Wissel, VP of Growth along with a small group of our portfolio companies to hear strategies for recruiting world-class talent (without breaking the bank) in an intensely competitive landscape. Here are some key takeaways from the session: