The startup world is growing up! Ten years ago, the average age of a startup hire was around 25 (remember when Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed that “young people are just smarter”?). But today, tech is a maturing industry – not just for the post-college set; especially since the financial crisis, it’s attracting the eye of experienced professionals who in years […]
If you’re reading this series in sequence, you’ve made it through the difficult first step of defining the needs of your foundational team, looking objectively at your existing team, and thinking strategically about the types of skill sets you need to meet your upcoming business milestones. Without those fundamentals in place, it will be difficult to hire […]
It’s hard to overstate the inherent risks and cost associated with hiring, especially for early-stage companies. One wrong hire on a very small foundational team can delay product launches, sales execution or throw off the chemistry of a once well-oiled machine. So when you’re faced with a candidate who checks all the boxes on paper […]
For most startups, the path from Seed to Series A is rarely characterized as a smooth journey. As early-stage investors, we believe that two distinct challenges come up for every business as they’re getting off the ground, generally centered around establishing traction at some reasonable scale and establishing the right foundational team to help you […]
In a milestone achievement in the fight for equal pay, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a bill in May that prohibits employers from asking about a prospective employee’s salary history. At a high level, the bill states that relying on salary history to determine an employee’s wage perpetuates the gender wage gap. Over the last six months, more […]
A company is only as good the people who live and work in it. As early-stage investors, Primary is a people-first organization. We believe that great businesses are built on their ability to attract, retain, and engage the absolute best talent in the marketplace.
Like a number of growing startups in New York City, the Chartbeat engineering roster is impressive – and getting larger by the day. Since our second round of funding in April 2012, Chartbeat has more than doubled in size, hiring 39 new employees, including 16 engineers. Hiring developers in general is no easy task, as […]