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Daniel Doubrovkine

aka dB., @awscloud, former CTO @artsy, +@vestris, NYC

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In the past few months I’ve talked to dozens of engineering candidates and hired a handful of people for artsy. I’d love to hire more, but being an early stage startup means making difficult choices. My guiding principle for getting an A-team is to get people smarter than me. But even with a bar rising with every hire, I had to say no to very strong developers. This is a luxury, since most companies struggle with attracting top talent. Given magical unlimited funding, I’d hire twice as many as I can afford right now – we have an incredible amount of work.

For those that make the cut, but aren’t hired for headcount reasons, I will offer my help to find another startup in NYC. There’re hundreds! Here’s what I ask them to do.

  1. Go to https://web.archive.org/web/20170112034617/https://nytm.org/made/ and make a list of five startups that you would love to work for. Email me the list.
  2. I will do my best to make a direct introduction to someone in those companies.

I know a lot of people, but I don’t know folks in even half of the names in that list. I’ve been reaching out to friends and trying to use the opportunity of introducing a potential hire to make a connection for myself. It has been a winning deal and I know that a few people are now in late stages of interviewing with some of the most promising New York City startups. And I learned a ton about how other companies build software.

If you work for a company on that list and don’t know me, drop me an e-mail (dblock[at]dblock[dot]org) and come visit us at GeneralAssemb.ly. I want to hear about your technology and I’ll show you ours.

If you’re considering moving to NYC or are here and looking for a job, don’t hesitate to drop me your resume, you never know. And check out the Made in NYC list. Pick five startups that you would want to work for and e-mail them cold, referencing this post.