Matt Mickiewicz

Personal Blog of a Young Internet Entrepreneur

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Saying you’re going to do a startup or you want to be a ‘serial entrepreneur’ has about as much meaning as saying ‘I’m going to jump off a plane.’ ”

“Why would you undertake any activity where you get your ass kicked every day, don’t get paid enough, and suffer through years of misery only to maybe find a problem worth solving?” he says.

The only reason to do this is if you feel passionate about changing the world in a meaningful way. You have to start with a problem that really impacts people’s lives and then present a solution they actually want.

http://firstround.com/article/Theres-a-00006-Chance-of-Building-a-Billion-Dollar-Company-How-This-Man-Did-It#ixzz2p4pzEsGY

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2013 Year in Review

Wow… 

What an incredible year, that flew by in the blink of an eye. I wanted to take this blog post to reflect on some of the highlights of the year, both professionally & personally…. 

  • Getting married
  • Raising $2.7m from an amazing group of investors for Hired
  • Growing the team from 6 to 30 in the span of just 12 months, and building a culture that focuses on hiring as a key priority
  • Introducing thousands of talented Engineers, Data Scientists, Designers and Product Managers to some truly amazing and innovative start-ups
  • Travel! It’s been another year of accumulating miles… Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong (for the Chinese New Year), South Beach, Aspen, Johannesburg, Botswana (Okavango Delta!), Qatar, Montreal, New York… 291,924 km, 33 cities in 14 countries in all, if you believe TripIt.
  • Great Meals! French Laundry, Acquarello, Gary Danko, Zuma, Del Posto, Michael Mina, Morimoto… it’s been a year of tasting menus and fine dining.
  • Turning the big 3-0
  • TV show of the year: West Wing (I realize I’m about 10 years late)
  • Documentaries: Eternal Enemies: Lions vs. Hyenas, Queen of Versailles, Samsara, U.N. Me, Fatal Assistance
  • Favorite Book Author of the Year: Peter Drucker

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Forbes Names Hired Hottest Startup of 2013.

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Name & Shame…

This is what I’m up against…

Hi Matt -

I noticed your Ruby Engineer/Developer opening at DeveloperAuction and wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Kiley and I recruit nationally within the tech sector for a variety of companies, from VC-backed startups to Fortune 500s in helping them acquire top IT and engineering talent. I also have a candidate in mind whom I think you’d be interested in.

If you are interested in reviewing my candidate, I’ll make the process as easy as possible by letting my candidate know about the opportunity at DeveloperAuction and scheduling all interviews while managing the process for you. Just so you know, I work on a contingency basis, so I won’t earn my fee until you decide to hire someone.

I would be happy to work on any of your other positions as well; just email me your toughest to fill spots!

I’m looking forward to working with you!

Thanks,
Kiley

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When you’re a child, your parents tell you what you’re supposed to do. Then, you’re in school, and you’re part of this institution that tells you what to do. Then, you go work for some company, and the company tells you what to do. So people come in like baby birds in the nest and open their mouths, as if they’re expecting us to drop food in. We have to tell them, “We’re not your bosses. You’re in charge now.” Some of them are freaked out by that. Some people are meant to be employees. Other people discover they have wings and start flapping them. There’s nothing like being thrown off a cliff to make you discover that you have wings.
Paul Graham, INC Magazine Interview.