Attract People You Deserve

Here are the 5 top tips to attract people you deserve:

  • Invest time and energy in creating your (business) values – and then embrace and live by them. Once you have your values in place this creates a perfect grounding for everything people related
  • If you do recruit people, think of HR as an experience – not how you use humans as resources, but rather how those people are able to experience and engage with your business
  • Invest in yourself and your people leaders – you can have all the ideas and new innovations in the world, but if you aren’t engaged with what you are trying to achieve, you won’t get buy in.
  • Be authentic. In a workspace, that means allow people to come to work as themselves and not their job titles – people will always have good and bad days and managers need to accept that. Apply the same authenticity to your personal life.
  • Get to know who your people really are and what makes them tick – how do they like their coffee? Do they even drink coffee? What are their pet peeves? Do they like private or public recognition? The more you know – the more it actually shows you care about them as individuals.

As a leader you have a responsibility to work harder on yourself than on your business.

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15 Things To Know For Your First Startup

A great post from Neil Patel about things to know when starting.

  1. Swing for the fence (Aim High)
  2. Create a simple product (SMPL)
  3. Solve a problem
  4. Know your market’s price tolerance
  5. Advertising is a must
  6. Payments should be easy
  7. Be patient
  8. Premium prices have advantages
    • You appear like an authority
    • You will get fewer complaints
    • You deliver excellent customer service when focusing on a small number of clients
    • You’re reputation grows
  9. Free work can lead to lucrative work (Don’t lower your price)
  10. Never Stop Closing
  11. Eliminate everything else but the essentials (FOCUS)
  12. Always lock into your passion (It’s going to be a long, bumpy road, you might as well enjoy the trip
  13. Hire carefully (Hire Slowly, Fire Fast)
    • Test the waters yourself
    • Develop a process
    • Forget about pay
    • Consider more than talent
  14. Smart people learn from other people’s mistakes
    • Get a mentor
    • Read about business failures
  15. Cash is king
    • Use volunteers and interns
    • Work like a slave
    • Resist a fat salary
    • Don’t buy expensive office furniture
    • Keep the office space at a minimum



Employment Benefits & Perks

This is probably one of the best, most concise employment packages I have ever seen.

Benefits & perks

  • Free lunch and dinner as well as endless snacks and beverages.
  • Open vacation policy. We don’t count days.
  • Buy or build your ideal work environment.
  • Free gym membership.
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Free laundry service.
  • Competitive salary and equity packages.
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave.



Corporate Culture

One of the best Corporate Cultures to strive for is here

Transparency and honesty

Our thoughts and opinions are openly shared with each other. No fluff, no judgments, no BS.


Our promise is to provide regular updates regarding our business. Making time for communication will always be a priority. No matter what time of day it is. Well maybe except at 3am.

Mutual respect

We treat each other the way we expect to be treated, with courtesy, consideration and respect. Treating each other to the occasional Tim Horton’s or Starbucks helps as well.


“Us” is valued more than “I”. Your opinion and perspective is important and valuable. Innovation and ideas are the foundation of our company and our promise is to celebrate all successes and manage the misses as a team.

Entrepreneurial spirit

The energy and drive of a start-up is what got us this far. We are committed to preserving our entrepreneurial spirit and pride as we transition to our next cycle of growth. Informal and spontaneous employee gatherings, agility and quick-decision making will continue to thrive at Mercatus.

Social responsibility

We seize every opportunity to collectively give back to the important social causes of today as well as causes that are important to Mercatus employees. So, if you want to help protect the piranhas in South America, we’re here to support you.

Fun and spontaneity

Humor is part of everyday life at Mercatus. We believe in hard work but we don’t take ourselves too seriously (as you can tell).



Right Hire

For the “right hire” in addition to obvious role-related skills and experience check for:

  • A high energy level
  • A high mental capacity
  • An abundance of common sense
  • An ability to communicate

By Doyletech’s Denzil Doyle, Making Technology Happen


Make Stars, Don’t Hire Them

  • Hire people who want to become a star and are looking desperately for an opportunity to shine.
  • Challenge them and put them into a test employment.
  • Look into universities and new graduates.
  • Manchester United recruits the talents and turns them into stars; then sells them off to other teams at a very high price. Hiring talents actually generates a profit!!!