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3 Tips on Winning Top Talent for Your Startup

Contrary to what many budding entrepreneurs think, a business start up can compete and win top talent in the market without much cash. Here are three tips for attracting and retaining the best talent.

#TIP 1: LOOK FOR RESTLESS EMPLOYEES LOOKING FOR NEW ADVENTURES

In your search for top talent, pay attention to high potential workers who are looking for a new adventure. Many large corporations tend to stifle talent and many top performers feel restricted in such environments. With a good pitch, you can offer a restless employee a new lease of life by offering them a position in your business start up that will give them the freedom to fulfill their career aspirations. For instance a talented middle level manager will seriously consider a VP post in your startup if you find that this is one of their career aspirations.

#TIP 2: GIVE UP SOME EQUITY FOR TOP TALENT

Facebook and Google both used equity to retain top talent when they were still startups. They offered stock options to some of their initial employees. Even the most talented employees have the desire to own something more than their generous paychecks. Many big corporations do not have this option. Dedicate a percentage of your equity to retain your top talent if you realize that this is what will secure for you the best talent in the market.

#TIP 3: LOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET

The third way you can attract and retain top talent for your starts up is by focusing on people who have an entrepreneurial mindset. In other words, find fellow entrepreneurs who are yet to launch, maybe because they are held up in an eight to five job, and give them an opportunity to test their wings. A business start up not only needs employees who will stay with it until it matures, but it also needs a set of entrepreneurs who will take the risks needed for it to grow.

Written by:  Judson Sutherland, Founder & CEO

Sutherland, PLLC – FoundersFirm.com

2014 Austin Under 40 Awards Finalists

2014 Austin Under 40 Awards Finalists

2014 AU40 Winners

Arts, Sports, Media & Entertainment
Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal

Business & Entrepreneurship
Mousumi Shaw, Sikara Jewelry

Clean Technology and Energy
Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy

Community Service & Non-profit
David J. Neff, PwC

Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Maximillian Petty, Olivia

Engineering, Architecture & Design
Will Schnier, BIG RED DOG

Financial Services & Insurance
Kit Mellem, Build-A-Sign

Government & Public Affairs
Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association

Marketing, PR & Advertising
Brian Dolezal, Hahn Public Communications

Medicine, Healthcare & Sciences
Aliya Hussaini, MD, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Real Estate
John Hay, Hay Darby PLLC

Technology & Startups
Joshua Alexander, Toopher

Youth & Education
Emily Smith, Cunningham Elementary

Austinite of the Year
Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal

 

 

Congratulations to the 2014 AU40 Finalists!

Arts, Sports, Media & Entertainment

Matthew Hinsley, Austin Classical Guitar Society

Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal

Camille Styles, CamilleStyles.com

Matt Swinney, Austin Fashion Week

Shawn Ullman, FeelRich.com

 

Business & Entrepreneurship 

Leon Chen, Tiff’s Treats

Nad Elias, The HT Group

Chelsea McCullough, Texans for Economic Progress

Mousumi Shaw, Sikara Jewelry

Ellis Winstanley, Tradelogic Corporation

 

Clean Technology and Energy

Jose Beceiro, Cockrell School of Engineering at UT

Clay Butler, The Butler Firm

Zeina El-Azzi, SunEdison

Andrew Johnston, Austin Energy

Andrea Ricaurte, CleanTX

 

Community Service & Non-profit

Priscilla Cortez, Bacon Lee & Associates

David Neff, PwC and Lights. Camera. Help.

Leo Ramirez, MiniDonations

Christopher Williston, Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Alex Winkelman, Citizen Generation

 

Culinary Arts & Hospitality

Joanna McCreary, W Austin

Maximillian Petty, Olivia

Paul Qui, Qui

Balinder Singh, Clay Pit

Dorothy Trainer, White Lodging Services

 

Engineering, Architecture & Design

Matt Fajkus, MF Architecture

Allison Jaffe, Allison Jaffe Interior Design

Keri Juarez, City of Austin Public Works Department

Jon Salinas, Salinas Architecture

Will Schnier, BIG RED DOG

 

Financial Services & Insurance

Jeff Davidson, AXA Advisors

Adam Flagg, Upstream Investment Partners

Sara Maxwell, Locke & Ritter

Brian May, Pioneer Bank

Kit Mellem, Build-A-Sign

 

Government & Public Affairs

Veronica Briseno Lara, City of Austin

Terri Broussard Williams, American Heart Association

Michael McGill, Office of the Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole

Rudolph Metayer, Health and Human Services Commission

Katie Naranjo, GNI Strategies

 

Legal

Mollie Duckworth, Baker Botts

Sara Foskitt, Foskitt Law Offices

Elizabeth Hadley, Greenberg Traurig

Christine Richardson, Locke Lord

Marketing, PR & Advertising

Shilpa Bakre, ACVB

Ashley Beall, TRIBEZA

Brian Dolezal, Hahn Public Communications

Jennifer Gooding, Prime PR

Joy Shoffler, Leverage PR

 

Medicine, Healthcare & Sciences

Andrea Campaigne, MD, Nurture OBGYN

Kate Henderson, Seton Healthcare Family

Aliya Hussaini, MD, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Jared Leger, Arise Ventures

Brett Matens, St. David’s HealthCare

 

Real Estate

Kevin Burns, Urbanspace

John Hay, Hay Darby PLLC

Corby Jastrow, Prominent Title

Kristi Simmons, AQUILA Commercial

Will Steakley, DEN Property Group

 

Technology & Startups

Joshua Alexander, Toopher

Mason Arnold, Greenling

Chad Bockius, CopperEgg

Joah Spearman, Localeur

Dustin Wells, Headspring

 

Youth & Education

Matthew Abbott, Wayside Schools

Christin Alvarado, Advancing America Foundation

Mike Braeuer, Explore Austin

Bryan Rubio, Breakthrough Austin

Emily Smith, Cunningham Elementary

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Austin 40 Under 40 Winners!

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Austin 40 Under 40 Nomination

What an honor to be nominated for the Austin 40 Under 40 Awards. The 16th Annual Austin 40 Under 40 Awards will be held at Austin Music Hall on Friday April 4, 2014.

The Austin Under 40 Awards benefit the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps and YWA Foundation, which send thousands of low income, high potential youths to summer camp, support mentoring and tutoring activities, and supply educational scholarships.

About Austin Under 40

The Austin Under 40 Awards (Au40) event was founded in 1997 by the Young Men’s Business League and the Young Women’s Alliance to recognize young men and women in Austin who excel in their professional fields and make considerable contributions to their communities. All proceeds benefit the Young Men’s Business League and Young Women’s Alliance. For more information on Au40, contact chairs@austinunder40.org or visit www.austinunder40.org. 

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J BLack’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge

j-blacksFound in the center of the West 6th Street District, J. BLACK’S Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge offers a genuine friendly dining and lounge encounter {showcasing|offering} easy-to-share menu items, innovative drinks, a large wine list, as well as an mindful, pleasant staff.

Everything from the inviting covered patio entry, to the distinctively designed center bar produces Austin’s signature social environment.