Author Archive | Adii Pienaar

How I Hire

I’ve previously written about why it is important to build a dream team for your startup. Building a dream team basically means that you increase your odds of defying the statistical failure that is attached to startups. In this post, I’d like to share how I actually hire new candidates. Tracking back a little first… I believe […]

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My “New Hire” Interview

I’m building my own version of a dream team here at PublicBeta (we’re up to 3 team members) and we’re incorporating a few radical experiments as part of the way we work (and hope for PublicBeta to function). With that in mind, I needed to think long & hard about how I would approach hiring the right people and […]

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Why you shouldn’t micro-manage your team

Micro-management is such a bullshit practice. It’s neither productive (for the person doing it) or efficient (for the employee to whom it applies). Plus, I absolutely hate doing it. When I decided to work on a new startup, I specifically wanted to experiment, try new things and make new mistakes. This was to be a key […]

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You Don’t Need A Co-Founder

Should you have co-founders in your new startup? Maybe. Do you actually need (I mean: really, really, REALLY, need) co-founders? Probably not. I’ve been thinking about this a lot in recent months and I’ve come to the opinion that people tend to overvalue having co-founders a little, but so many entrepreneurs mostly use it as […]

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Scratching An Itch, V1.0

The “build a startup to scratch your own itch”-mantra is a classic part of another, similar mantra “build it & they will come”. In any intellectual conversations about startups, I’d bet that any of you can shoot both of those mantras down within a minute or two. The truth is that a big part of my reason […]

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Listen more, talk less: How to use Clarity.fm to drive your business forward

I wanted to write this post after I completely front-loaded my week yesterday by taking three Clarity calls and spending almost 90 minutes talking to other entrepreneurs about their businesses (instead of working on my own). I have now taken 34 calls on Clarity and I’m entirely convinced that Clarity is the best way to get advice from successful, […]

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PublicBeta Raises $100k

I’m very excited to announce that PublicBeta has raised $100 000 in funding from an exclusive and prestigious group of angel investors, which includes myself and umm, yes only me. What does that mean? Well, PublicBeta does have $100k in funding for one. And that funding has come from me. So technically we didn’t raise […]

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