Author: Carlos E. Espinal

  • Onboarding Blocks — How to think of and structure an onboarding process

    Onboarding Blocks — How to think of and structure an onboarding processPhoto by Erwan Hesry on UnsplashProperly onboarding new team members not only increases morale in new hires and increases team fit, but also yields better productivity in the team m… The post Onboarding Blocks — How to think of and structure an onboarding process appeared first on Carlos Eduardo…

  • Have the Tough Chats (even if you don’t want to)

    Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on UnsplashOver the past 6 months, I’ve witnessed several founder relationships and several inter-company relationships fall apart for one reason: delaying a possibly adversarial conversation that needed to happen. Had these… The post Have the Tough Chats (even if you don’t want to) appeared first on Carlos Eduardo Espinal.

  • Why you need to continuously invest in yourself if you want to lead others.

    Photo by Christin Hume on UnsplashThere are many great books and courses on leadership, self-development, managing small teams, but they all revolve around one key point of evolution: You.For any progress you expect your organisation or division to mak… The post Why you need to continuously invest in yourself if you want to lead others. appeared…

  • Hiring your First Product Leader

    Photo by Joni Ludlow on UnsplashBlog post written by Seedcamp Venture Partner, Andy Budd, with support from Carlos Espinal, and edited by several guest editors.Tech founders generally start a company because they have a vision for a new product; a prod… The post Hiring your First Product Leader appeared first on Carlos Eduardo Espinal.

  • When is the right time to hire a CMO?

    Image by Damian Zaleski via UnsplashWith growth being such an important metric for a company post-fundraise, it is of no surprise that one of the very first questions that arises after raising money is how to spend it, both in terms of people but also … The post When is the right time to hire a…

  • To use Recruiters or To go at it alone, that is the question!

    Photo by Dylan Gillis on UnsplashWorking with External Recruiters and FirmsOne of the biggest challenges founders are facing more and more is hiring fast and hiring well. To achieve this it isn’t uncommon to both bring a talent function in house, but a… The post To use Recruiters or To go at it alone, that is the…

  • 6 Points to Consider when Hiring Someone more Experienced than you

    Photo by Jehyun Sung on UnsplashAs a founder, there will come a time when you’ll have to hire someone more senior/experienced than you, whether it be simply a function of age, or experience, it is important to keep in mind that setting up your new coll… The post 6 Points to Consider when Hiring Someone more…

  • Your Cap Table is your life!

    Photo by laura adai on UnsplashOk, probably dramatising it a bit here, but now that I have your attention…Cap Tables are more important than sometimes people give them credit for. They are the ledger of value in the company you’ve built, but they are o… The post Your Cap Table is your life! appeared first on…

  • Do I need a Product Manager? (and when)

    Photo by Bonneval Sebastien on UnsplashThis blog post was written in collaboration between Devin Hunt, David Mytton, and the fearless editing of Nelson CasataI recently caught up with a long time friend, co-founder of Lyst, and Venture Partner at Seedc… The post Do I need a Product Manager? (and when) appeared first on Carlos Eduardo Espinal.

  • Defining and Building your Leadership

    This post is by Carlos E. Espinal from Carlos Eduardo Espinal Image from: https://www.jla.co.uk/During our recent Seedcamp Founder Summit, we had the honour of having Nicky Moffat CBE kick-off our event with a fire-side chat on leading teams. From Wikipedia, “Brigadier Nicola Patricia Moffat CBE, known as Nicky Moffat, was the highest-ranking woman in the…