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Everything You Need to Know About Talent | Kavak & TCV | Slush 2023

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December 8, 2023
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Everything You Need to Know About Talent | Kavak & TCV | Slush 2023
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Want to learn the best business insights from remarkable speakers at Slush 2023, but don’t have the time to watch the full speeches on YouTube?

You’ve come to the right place. Below is a summary of a speech by Loreanne Garcia, Co-founder of Kavak, and Jessica Neal, Venture Partner at TCV, share their advice with Ryan Browne, Correspondent at CNBC.

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TL;DR: To build a successful company, it's crucial to attract and retain top talent by inspiring them with the mission and creating an environment where they want to stay and grow. Building a strong brand and culture, emphasizing innovation and impact, and creating a culture of honesty and open communication can help attract and retain top talent. Utilizing AI and technology to measure and assess human resources, focusing on hiring top talent, and creating a high-performance culture are crucial action items.

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Building a Successful Company with Excellent Talent

  • Starting a company requires finding a big problem to solve, the right product, and talented individuals who are committed to the vision.
  • Attracting and retaining top talent is crucial for building a successful company.
  • Convincing people to join a company involves inspiring them with the mission and demonstrating the potential for growth and impact.

Scaling a Company and Retaining Talent

  • Scaling a company requires hiring the right people at each stage of growth.
  • Retaining talent is not about "keeping" employees but creating an environment where they want to stay and grow.
  • Being honest about the company's journey and aligning it with individual career goals helps retain and develop the right talent.

Challenges in Attracting Talent in the Tech Industry

  • The tech industry faces challenges in attracting talent due to increased competition and high salary expectations.
  • Building a strong brand and culture can help attract top talent even when salaries may not be the highest.
  • Emphasizing the opportunity to be part of an innovative and impactful journey can outweigh financial considerations for some candidates.

Adapting to Economic Pressures and Layoffs

  • Companies need to be adaptable and make tough decisions during economic downturns, including layoffs and scaling back operations.
  • Creating a culture of honesty and open communication helps navigate changes and maintain trust within the organization.
  • Understanding that employment rates remain low and people can find new opportunities after layoffs can help alleviate concerns about the impact on individuals.

The Future of HR and People Operations

  • The use of AI and technology can help measure and predict success in HR by providing data-driven insights.
  • Innovation in HR technology is enabling organizations to have a more integrated and holistic understanding of their people.
  • The HR function is evolving to become a strategic partner to the business, with a focus on culture, diversity, and operational efficiency.

The Outlook for Venture Investing and IPOs

  • The venture investing landscape is influenced by market cycles and unpredictable external factors.
  • Normalization in venture investing is expected to occur, but the timing is uncertain.
  • The ability to raise funds and go public depends on various factors, including market conditions and the strength of the business idea and team.
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