Guru Program: Co-founding, hiring, firing, outsourcing & freelancing #TMUguru

This session is part of the TechMeetups Guru Program, a practical 3 month educational and mentoring course to kick-start your Startup. You can choose to attend just this session by booking here, or participate in the full course to receive additional support and mentoring for your company from our Gurus – find out more here.

Your startup will always be judged by the quality of your team and your product will be the sum of that team’s effort. Getting the dynamics of that team right can mean the difference between exponential growth… or none at all.

In this session you’ll find out how to cover yourself, your assets and code however you choose to work with your co-founders of hires. Find out how incentives and benefits can help you compete for the best talent against other employers who are able to offer bigger pay packets. Discover how you can tap into online hiring effectively to take advantage of a global pool of talent to get your product developed and marketed by experts, often at unbeatable costs.

  • What you must know if hire anybody for your startup
  • Everything you need to know about Recruitment Law and Immigration
  • How to attract the best talent and keep your employees incentivised
  • How to make the most of the global talent pool
  • Founder stories: Your first hires & how to keep the relationship with you co-founders sweet



Haley Conic, Country Manager at Elance

Start-up specialist, digital strategist and Cambridge graduate, Hayley is now Country Manager for Elance where she has the strategic and operational responsibility for raising the platform’s profile nationally. Hayley was a founding member of backed by Michael Birch and Theo Paphitis. She wrote the original business plan and spent five years building Smarta into the UK’s leading platform for small businesses.

Matt Sneddon, Business Development Manager at Ciklum


Matt has had extensive experience of the Global Outsourcing market both from the point of view of a customer and also whilst working for outsourcing service providers. He has worked with outsource providers based in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK whilst working for companies such HSCB, KPMG, BP and O2 as well as with a number of smaller start-up organisations, and is well  versed in the potential benefits and pitfalls of Global Sourcing.

Matt is currently Business Development Manager for Ciklum, an innovative Danish IT Development company with a unique ‘Own Team’ model that can bring all the advantages of outsourcing whilst retaining the ‘in-house’ team approach; and he looks forward to sharing his views on how best to leverage the Global Talent Pool.


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    Using android phone here. Don't see a web link to pay. Willing to pay cash on arrival if that's an option.

    October 1, 2013

  • Artem K.

    Hi guys,
    I'm Co-Founder & CTO at Vizibee. We are currently looking for both iOS and Android developers with good design skills. Vizibee is a fast growing social media start-up. We currently work with international broadcasting companies like BBC and RTE and will take part in Web Summit this October. If interested please email me on [masked]

    September 21, 2013

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