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KPCB 12-200 Engineering Meet-Up - Everyone's a Recruiter: Building out an Engineering Team

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Published on Dec 11, 2013

How does a brand-new startup build out a top-tier engineering team? KPCB general partner Mike Abbott, formerly the VP of Engineering at Twitter, addressed that question to a group of engineering execs recently at a panel discussion hosted at KPCB's office in San Francisco.

Eric Feng says addressing the problem of rapidly building out the engineering team starts with the idea that everyone in the early days has to be in recruiting mode. Even after you hire recruits, "recruiting is everyone's responsibility."

Matt Rogers notes that the first 40 hires at Nest came "purely from my network," but that he eventually exhausted his own contacts and had to hire a "superstar recruiter." Says Rogers: "Those guys are irreplaceable." Nonetheless, Rogers says he still spends half of his time on recruiting new talent.

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