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Technology Decisions - Part Two, Hiring

Monday Nov 25, 2019

No lab this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Nov 18 we will cover part one for planning your product development, technology basics. In the Nov 25 session, we will cover part two, hiring developers based on your technology decisions and product requirements. See below for session prep activity to be completed PER STUDENT by 10am on Nov 25. 

Required Reading

  1. A Primer on Hiring for Startups - Julia Austin

  2. Making The Right Technical Hire - Julia Austin

  3. How to Find a Good Freelance Developer - Mark Liu (elance is now Upwork)

  4. The Anatomy of the Perfect Technical Interview - Neil Roseman

  5. 5 Non-Technical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Development Firm - Nick Kishfy


Recommended Reading

  1. Upwork vs. Fiverr - BuildThis

  2. Oldie, but still goodie: Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder- Vin Vacanti (we also recommend the other posts in Vin's 4-part series on this topic)

  3. How to Hire Developer Unicorns  - Ben Slater

  4. How to Hire a Programmer  - Derek Silvers (overlaps with the Liu post above, but offers some new advice)

  5. In-House vs. Outsourcing Software Development - Ved Prakash

  6. How to Find a Technical Co-Founder, CTO or Tech Partner for a Startup -  Oleksii Shevchenko(see also Mariam Naficy's post on her co-founder search at

  7. A Tech Founder's Guide to Finding a Non-Tech Founder - Jessica Alter (see also Elizabeth Yin's post on factors that are important to potential tech co-founders)

Minor Deliverable:

A reminder that the first draft of your Job Description is due on Nov 22. We will select 2-3 JDs for critique in class on Nov 25. No additional preparation will be required for these crits.

Session Prep

  1. As individuals: It's time to diverge and converge again! As the hiring managers for your PM101 project, review the four candidate profiles below and explore their GitHub repos to get familiar with their work: Select one candidate from the list below whom you would choose to interview for your PM101 project and be prepared to discuss why in our session. DO NOT SHARE WHICH CANDIDATE YOU CHOSE WITH YOUR TEAMMATES. By 10am on Monday, Nov 25, fill out this FORM with your choice and three (3) questions you’d ask the candidate. Please also keep these questions to yourself and bring them with you to class on Monday.

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