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Startup Recruitment Failures

English, Finance, 1 season, 38 episodes, 17 hours, 4 minutes
Startup Recruitment Failures is about challenges and failures faced when hiring people. Every startup founder has a story or two on how they were burned by a hire who went sour. Listening to these stories, you will not only find relief (in case you are going through similar situations), but also get insights on how to improve hiring practices and reduce your share of recruitment failures.
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EU Bureaucracy Demystified

In this episode, get ready to gain invaluable insights on overcoming the challenges of EU bureaucracy and making the most of your startup's EU funding. Drawing from his extensive experience, Bruno Miguel Pires dives into the critical factors startups must consider when applying for EU funding.
6/7/202326 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Power of Connections

In this episode, we interview Miguel Morgado, the CEO of Hunter. We delve into the fascinating world of hiring strategies and the challenges faced in securing investors in the US. Discover the untold stories of hiring failures and the determined efforts of Hunter to attract investment opportunities.
5/31/202321 minutes, 33 seconds
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Navigating Web3 Hiring

Pedro Cerdeira is the Founder of, a boutique consultancy that specializes in bringing web3 technologies to the corporate world. Curious to learn about web3 hiring? This and more in this episode.
5/24/202332 minutes, 52 seconds
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From Fixed to Agile

With an astounding track record of personally hiring over 700 individuals, Kunal Gupta is a true luminary in the world of talent acquisition. In this captivating conversation, Kunal Gupta delves deep into the realm of hiring, shedding light on the paramount importance of agility in today's fast-paced business landscape.
5/17/202324 minutes, 39 seconds
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Scaling for Success

SheerME is a revolutionary platform that has disrupted the beauty and wellness industry and has recently launched in Brazil. During our conversation with Miguel, we explored the intricacies of hiring and recruitment in the startup ecosystem, particularly in contrast to corporate environments. Miguel provided valuable insights on the significance of cultural fit and how it can significantly impact team dynamics.
5/11/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Art of Networking

In our latest podcast episode, we had the pleasure of featuring Edmundas Balčikonis, the Co-CEO at TripAdd, a leading digital marketplace for all travel-related needs. During the episode, Edmundas shared his expertise on a wide range of topics, including the unstoppable impact of AI and the importance of building a strong professional network. He also highlighted the value of hackathons in fostering innovation and shared his insights on the hiring process.
5/3/202349 minutes, 28 seconds
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Avoiding burnout

In this podcast episode, we talk with Bernardo Tavares, CTO and Co-Founder at and mentor at Startup Lisboa. He shares his insights on avoiding burnout, building tech teams, hiring entrepreneurs, and the importance of connecting with candidates during the interview process. With a focus on growth and mentorship, Bernardo's experience both as a mentor and founder provides valuable lessons for anyone looking to build a successful startup.
4/26/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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Grit & Transparency: The Power Duo

In this episode, Steven shares valuable insights on overhiring, leaving a lasting impression on candidates, and the importance of grit in individuals working for small early-stage startups. He also emphasizes the power of clear and transparent communication to make hiring processes more efficient. So if you want to level up your hiring game and build a strong team for your business, give this episode a listen now!
4/19/202338 minutes, 9 seconds
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Unlocking your potential

Whether you are looking to improve your career, relationships, or overall well-being, this episode provides valuable insights on how to unlock your full potential through personal growth. We had a conversation with Briony McKenzie, the Founder of Untapped. Briony shared her personal story of transitioning from corporate law into coaching and entrepreneurship.
4/13/202347 minutes, 57 seconds
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Interview the Company

In this episode, we talk about how important it is for candidates to be honest about whether they would be happy and prosperous working in a small company. Small companies often require employees to be flexible, wear multiple hats, and work closely with a tight-knit team. Ultimately, both the candidate and the company should be invested in ensuring a good fit before making a hiring decision.
4/3/202322 minutes, 27 seconds
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The generation for change

For the 28th episode of the Startup Recruitment Failures podcast, we sat down with João de Sousa Aroso, Founder and CEO at Leadzai. He talked about the differences between generations with regard to how they perceive their career development and specifically about Portuguese societal dynamics.
3/22/202339 minutes, 11 seconds
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Working at the same pace

In this episode, we talked with Pavel Racu, a Co-Founder at Flair, an early-stage AI startup. Listen and find out how to get your team working in synch and what is important when hiring your core team.
3/15/202315 minutes, 46 seconds
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Fierce fight for talent

A company's culture is at the forefront of every decision. If you want to attract and retain top talent, constantly work on your culture so you can walk the walk and not just talk the talk - states Ross Jardine, CEO and Founder of Architus. Showcase not only the growth opportunities or day-to-day tasks, but paint the picture of what it's like to belong to your team.
2/28/202324 minutes, 9 seconds
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Don't force the match

In this episode, Pedro Henriques, CEO and Founder at Bridge In shares a few recruitment failures and talks about how important it is not to force a match between an employee and a company. Sometimes it's better to let people go in a kind way and then find them thriving someplace else.
2/22/202334 minutes, 8 seconds
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Internship essentials

In this episode, Vitor Soares, CEO at Tap My Back talks about interns and what they should bring to the table. It's hard to make up your mind and to know exactly what your career aspirations are while young, but one must know how an internship can help one grow and develop.
2/15/202316 minutes, 16 seconds
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Global Mindset in Business

In this episode, Afonso Pinheiro shares the 3 hiring failures that he faced during different stages of his career. Why the Portuguese market is more open than Spanish, the importance of language and culture in business, and why is it critical to learn from people with international mindsets - all in this episode.
2/8/202319 minutes, 52 seconds
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Impact of employer branding

Onboarding begins with the first interview - you present your vision, culture and see if both parties are fully aligned. As Pedro Pinho Veloso, CEO and Founder at Near Partner says, they had quite a few near misses when having doubts proved to be a bright red flag for hiring somebody. Being sincere on social media, managing your company's image right, and retaining people - this and more on this episode.
2/1/202325 minutes, 54 seconds
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Managers on Board

The 21st episode of Startup Recruitment Failures brings us to Portugal, where we'll talk with the local startup founders. Mindaugas, a CEO at Coho and an ex-recruiter, will share his insights into the startup recruitment process. He's convinced, that the worst mistake is not carving out the time for the recruitment process while being a hiring manager.
1/25/202317 minutes, 25 seconds
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Diversity as a business strategy

In this episode, Olegas, Engineering Manager at Meta, shares multiple tips on how to hire, lead, and be open-minded in a super diverse workplace. According to him, we should not focus on our differences but search for the common ground and things that unite us.
11/24/202237 minutes, 46 seconds
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Dealing with a know-it-all

Turing College is the first Lithuanian company backed by Y Combinator, at the moment having students from 20 countries. In this episode, Benas Šidlauskas, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer shares how Turing College developed, encountered a few tricky hiring failures, and talks about the importance of in-depth screening and having insightful data about the candidate.
11/16/202221 minutes, 2 seconds
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The perks of being remote

Even before the pandemic, MailerLite practiced a fully remote way of working. Until now they think it's the best way to work and cooperate within your team. In this episode, Ilma Tiki, the CEO, and Co-Founder at the Remote Company (COO at MailerLite) shares her insights on hiring - proceeding with selection using writing tasks, not falling for a candidate's positivity, and making sure your company is inclusive.
11/9/202228 minutes, 29 seconds
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Get things done

Revolut is conquering the world - currently having almost 6,000 people employed. Andrius Biceika has been a part of this incredible journey for six years. In this episode, he shares tips and tricks on hiring, talks about the importance of the probation period, and choosing the right questions for filtering that perfect match for your startup.
11/1/202236 minutes, 13 seconds
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The invisible advisor

Hostinger can be proud of more than 1,000 employees and offices successfully established abroad. In this episode, Arnas Stuopelis, CEO at Hostinger, shares his experience on hiring decision-making, dealing with a pathological liar in the workplace, and staying true to yourself in times of emotional farewells.
10/25/202220 minutes, 30 seconds
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Breaking through internal bias

In this episode, Andrius Šlimas, Ex-Director of Product at Shopify shares his experience in blitzscaling business. He talks about the importance of fighting your implicit biases, being patient, and not falling for big, catchy corporate names when selecting new hires.
10/11/202232 minutes, 6 seconds
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Super glue for team building

In this episode, Linas Armalys, CEO at Noviti Finance, shares his experience in hiring – finding some strange details in the candidates' CVs and saying goodbye to new hires. Linas also talks about the importance of homework tasks and how to use them in the hiring process. Listen or read and find out how to avoid mistakes earlier and build a strong, glued team.
10/4/202231 minutes, 35 seconds
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The road to blitzscaling

Do you know how hard it is to build a company of 2000 employees and deal with the issues on the way? In this episode, Jonas Karklys, Co-Founder at NordVPN, talks about the difficulties of scaling internationally and shares some tips on how to overcome them. There will be perseverance and hustling involved, but success will be yours - keep pushing!
9/27/202231 minutes, 55 seconds
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Grinding with attitude

If there is one thing that people should know about startups, it's the culture and attitude. This is what matters the most - says Julius, Founder, and CEO at Cloudvisor. We can gain experience and learn new skills, but changing the approach and mindset is a tough task. Listen or read more about how hiring less skilled colleagues could benefit your startup growth and why you need to experiment in the early stage of business.
9/20/202219 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is grass greener on the other side?

In this podcast, Marius, Co-Founder at Orbio, shares his personal approach to the situations that happened in the past and advice on how to not get attached to failures personally. Listening to his gut feeling and taking risks are integral parts of success. You'll hear about the right attitude toward dealing with setbacks and how he navigated several difficult situations throughout the life of Orbio.
9/13/202230 minutes, 13 seconds
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Handling peer pressure

How to deal with a complex, antagonistic, or misaligned employee? Strong feedback process, good knowledge of labor law, and relying on hard data instead of playing an opinion game - that’s only a few of the tips Rimante, COO at Omnisend, gave. Omnisend suggests how to remain strong and standing when facing a disturbance within a team caused by one person - listen or read on Startup Recruitment Failures podcast.
9/6/202220 minutes, 13 seconds
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Failure as a Catalyst for Growth

In the early stage of business, one needs to wear many hats - Egle Tumenaite, CEO & Co-Founder at CornerCase Technologies remembers these days were a bit overwhelming. She shares her insights about growing a company from scratch - encountering some tricky situations and various obstacles. Which, she says, is inevitable to make massive progress in the long run. Entering an unfamiliar market with a recruiter from a different sector, competing for IT specialists and their attention, contributing to the local market, and much much more - listen or read on Startup Recruitment Failures podcast.
8/30/202231 minutes, 2 seconds
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Long Flight Into Hiring

Kilo Health culture is exactly what a lot of startups are seeking nowadays. Being the second fastest growing company in Europe, Kilo Health must have an exceptional team built. Ugne Civile - Talent Acquisition Partner at Kilo Health - provides us with a better understanding of what it feels like to belong to Kilo Health, the importance of cultural fit, homework for a candidate, and following your emotion, when in doubt.
8/16/202220 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why startups need hustlers?

Whatagraph can be proud of its wide diversity - having people of 20 different nationalities and coming from all religious backgrounds. Justas Malinauskas - CEO & Co-Founder has been with Whatagraph since the very beginning. In the process of hiring more than 100 people, he learned a lot. In this episode, Justas shares some thoughts on navigating the company's culture, having an open door policy, the importance of diversity, and hiring those who do not follow the rules set in stone.
8/9/202224 minutes, 52 seconds
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When hiring juniors just doesn't cut it

When you are a young bootstrapped startup, you cannot afford a C-level manager for sales. So you hire juniors and expect them to grow. CoinGate Co-Founder Dmitrijus reflects on how this strategy backfired and shares valuable insights from this experience.
8/2/202224 minutes, 20 seconds
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Making Product and Engineering relationship work

Vinted is a second-hand clothing marketplace valued at over a cool billion. Mindaugas joined 10 years ago as employee #13, and now he leads a team of 400 engineers. What a ride! Mindaugas is sharing his recruitment failure in hiring a Senior Manager. The clash was that the Manager was from a well-structured company, and Vinted, at that time, was a Startup that grew fast and didn't have time to define all the procedures and policies.
7/26/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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#4 Sailing through a storm

BitDegree recently raised a 1M dollar investment. The investment is led by Taizo Son, the younger brother of Masayoshi Son of Softbank. Danielius shares stories about the loss of a good CTO candidate, friction when working in an international team and challenges when facing an exodus of 10 people after changing company’s direction.
7/19/202227 minutes, 50 seconds
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Investing in new employee's onboarding

It seems so obvious: when you hire, you need to invest in onboarding. However, most of the time we tend to forget about what is obvious and expect new employees would just join our team and start delivering.
7/12/202224 minutes, 30 seconds
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The gut vs procedures when hiring people

Surfshark recently merged with NordVPN and became a unicorn. Founder & CEO Vytautas Kaziukonis talks about relying more on procedures rather than the gut when hiring people, and shares an amusing story about a Head of Sales who could not sell because of a basic skill missing that nobody checked for.
7/6/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dealing with a toxic hire

6/20/202220 minutes, 15 seconds