Dennis Wood (director of human capital for vSpring) has a great article in the recent Connect magazine about executive recruiting and hiring right.
Dennis is a star. He is the most LinkedIn person in Utah (he passed me a long time ago) and in his article he discusses how he recently used LinkedIn to land a CTO for a vSpring portfolio company.
I remember a year or year and a half ago trying for a full hour over lunch to convince Paul Ahlstrom about the value of LinkedIn.com. He remained stubbornly unconvinced. So now it is great to see his own human capital director endorsing it for all startup companies as a great way to recruit!
I have also been unsuccessful most of the time in convincing CEOs and VCs to start blogging.
The social networking value of a blog is extremely high. I get contacts nearly every week from smart people around that world that comment on my blog or email me directly. Most of our Provo Labs job applicants come from people who read our blogs and feel a connection to the way we think and to what we are doing.
So Dennis, if you\’re reading, please start a vSpring human capital blog, then write a article about how your blog is attracting great talent to your portfolio companies. And vindicate me yet again!