Posted on June 15, 2018

What kills a start-up?
Part 2

“Ego is the invisible line item on every company’s profit and loss statement.”[1] When a start-up reaches Series B or C funding, the growth usually becomes a curve with diminishing returns. This decline happens when a founder/CEO falls prey to the ‘ego trap’, putting their own priorities before the needs Continue reading…

Posted on June 8, 2018

What kills a start-up?
Part 1

Starting a company is hard, and the success or failure of a start-up ultimately almost always lies with the founder. Many decisions in a start-up’s early existence are crucial, such as creating a promising business model, securing access to funding, and receiving intellectual property protection, yet nothing affects a startup’s Continue reading…

Posted on June 5, 2018

From M&A in the Nordics to start-ups in Chad – Emma’s journey with Kinnevik

We are currently helping the Kinnevik Group find a new corporate associate to join the Stockholm team and when we discussed profiles and what an employee could expect from working at Kinnevik, we saw that this wasn’t like other companies. Working at Kinnevik can literally take you from M&A in Continue reading…

Posted on June 1, 2018

The 80/20 rule of talent

The Pareto Principle, or 80/20 rule as it is most commonly known, applies to a lot of things, from land ownership to peapod’s pea production. Naturally, it also applies to top talent. The 80/20 rule of talent is simple: focus 80% of your hiring and recruiting efforts on the most Continue reading…

Posted on May 29, 2018

Cultural matching – perhaps the most important aspect for successful recruitment.

Why? Because a hire with a bad culture match can cost an organization 50-60% of the person’s annual salary[1] and employees with a strong culture match have greater work satisfaction, perform better, and are much more likely to remain at a company.[2] Obviously, this is a very influential and important Continue reading…