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Lean Hiring (and Firing)

This meetup is going to cover topics like:

  • Finding a co-founder
  • When do you hire or fire
  • When to go in-house or outsource
  • Which positions to prioritize and why
  • How do you know where to find the right people
  • When do you go from 1099's to W2's

RSVP's are open!


We'll grab beers at the Hyatt Bar & Lounge afterward.


Confirmed Speakers

We'll have multiple startups presenting what they've learned when staffing up (or down), along with a lawyer and angel investor to give their perspective of legal and funding issues to keep in mind when building your team.

Shahab Kaviani, Co-Founder of CoFoundersLab, will discuss how you should fill out your team, common mistakes people make, and the 4 personality profiles all co-founders fit into.

Lou Aronson, Founder and CEO of Votifi, will talk about what to look for when building out your management team and how to successfully complete the elusive task of finding a technical co-founder.

Adam Young, Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, will discuss equity compensation, employee IP issues and what you should know involving hiring 1099s v. W2s.

Dan Berger, CEO and Founder of Social Tables, will talk about having a cofounder and buying him out, the search for a new co-founder, bringing his team to 9 in less than a year, and why he's great at firing.

Rachna Choudhry, Co-Founder and CMO of PopVox, will discuss hiring, co-founders, and how to find the right people.

Speaker Bios

Shahab Kaviani is Co-Founder of CoFoundersLab. Most recently, he was the Director of Marketing for the National Education Association, where he engaged a community of over 3 million members through community marketing efforts resulting in over 1 million customers. Prior to the NEA, Shahab co-founded HyperOffice, leading product management, marketing, and sales. Prior to HyperOffice, he was on the pre-IPO team at Saba Software (NASDAQ: SABA). Shahab received a BA in Economics from the University of MD.  After co-founding HyperOffice, he realized the startup’s success had more to do with how well his team complimented each other, than the product itself. After unsuccessfully scouting for a co-founder for his next startup through personal contacts, he organized a Meetup, called “Co-Founders Wanted of DC” which attracted local entrepreneurs also seeking a business partner. The event spread through multiple cities, and shortly after he built an online co-founder matching platform.


Dan Berger is the Founder and CEO of Social Tables. He has been building websites since the late 90s. He has previously worked for a Member of Congress and at a couple of startups. He immigrated to NYC from Israel with his family in 1990. He has an MBA from Georgetown and a BA from Hunter College. He loves languages, traveling (35 countries!), and his dog, Leroy. He lives with his girlfriend, Beth, a jewelry designer on U Street. Fun fact: he’s adopted.


Lou Aronson is the founder and CEO of VOTIFI. Lou worked on his first political campaign going door to door at the ripe old age of 7. Since then he has stayed involved in politics for both Democrats and Republicans. And, in all his years of voting he takes pride in never "pulling the straight party lever." After more than 20 years practicing law Lou created Votifi because as a believer in the power of the democracy and he knew technology had a way to improve the relationships between not just politicians and constituents but voters across "party lines" by making us all more connected not less connected. Lou is married and a father of 4. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan and The Syracuse University College of Law.


Rachna Choudhry, Co-Founder and CMO of PopVox, is responsible for outreach to advocacy organizations and trade associations, marketing to individual users and assists with outreach to Congressional staff. She is based in Washington, DC. Rachna comes to POPVOX with a background in federal lobbying, issue advocacy and social media strategy for a variety of national issue-based and advocacy organizations. She earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Political Science degree from UCLA.


Adam Young is an Associate in Pillsbury's Corporate & Securities group, concentrating in general corporate and securities matters affecting public and private entities including public offerings, venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions and general business transactions. Prior to joining Pillsbury, Mr. Young worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York City as an associate in the Business Transactions group, concentrating in counseling private equity funds and private companies with corporate transactions and general business matters.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Connect with a network of handpicked, quality entrepreneurs (50% engrs) to start your next project or company (deadline Weds 9/26)

    September 24, 2012

  • Shahab K.

    Thanks for the opportunity to present on the topic of how to find your co-founder. Don't forget to create your profile on if you are looking for one. Any feedback on the presentation would be appreciated, please drop me a note.

    September 19, 2012

  • Shahab K.

    great presenters that brought real, personal stories.

    September 19, 2012

  • John S.

    Couldn't have asked for better timing. JIT information that is very valuable to our team at the precise point of need (fired a co-founder a couple weeks ago). Thank you for putting this together.

    September 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic group of speakers. Dynamic, interesting folks giving useful information concisely. Perfect.

    September 18, 2012

  • Mark R.

    Wow! Great session today. I learned a lot from each speaker. They did a great job talking about the stuff that matters.

    September 18, 2012

  • Dan B.

    Looking forward to sharing my two cents... and learning from everyone else!

    September 5, 2012

  • Jacob P.

    Eric Ries is coming to Washington DC on a tour of the east coast for the end of August and September. He mentioned that many of his events are private events, but I am wondering if there is anything in Washington DC that the meetup organizers know of which may be open for attendance? Thanks!

    August 20, 2012

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