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Startup Recruitment Failures

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.


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.
26:41 07/06/2023
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.
21:33 31/05/2023
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.
32:52 24/05/2023
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.
24:39 17/05/2023
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.
20:44 11/05/2023
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.
49:28 03/05/2023
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.
29:25 26/04/2023
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!
38:09 19/04/2023
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.
47:57 13/04/2023
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.
22:27 03/04/2023
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.
39:11 22/03/2023
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.
15:46 15/03/2023
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.
24:09 28/02/2023
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.
34:08 22/02/2023
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.
16:16 15/02/2023
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.
19:52 08/02/2023
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.
25:54 01/02/2023
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.
17:25 25/01/2023
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.
37:46 24/11/2022
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.
21:02 16/11/2022
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.
28:29 09/11/2022
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.
36:13 01/11/2022
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.
20:30 25/10/2022
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.
32:06 11/10/2022
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.
31:35 04/10/2022
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!
31:55 27/09/2022
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.
19:27 20/09/2022
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.
30:13 13/09/2022
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.
20:13 06/09/2022
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.
31:02 30/08/2022

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