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InVision hires former Twitter VP of Design Mike Davidson

InVision continues its slow march toward design world domination, today announcing the hire of Mike Davidson who will take over as Head of Partnerships and Community. Davidson was previously the VP of Design at Twitter, where he built a 100-person team that was responsible for every aspect of Twitter’s user experience and branding, including web, mobile web, native apps and business tools. Before Twitter, Davidson worked at ESPN/Disney until 2005, when he founded NewsVine, which was purchased by NBCNews in 2007. Davidson then took on a vice president roll for five years before starting at Twitter. At InVision, Davidson will oversee partnerships, product integrations, strategic acquisitions and community building. This includes leading InVision’s Design Leadership Forum, which hosts private events for design leaders from big companies like Facebook, Google, Lyft, Disney, etc. Davidson will also work with the new Design Transformation team at InVision to help create educational experiences for InVision’s customers. Davidson says he plans to spend the next 30 to 60 days talking as little as possible, and listening to the feedback he hears from his team around what can be improved. “InVision has a seamless workflow that includes everyone in the company in the design process,” said Davidson. “If there’s one goal I’d like to realize, it’s that. Design is a team sport these days, which wasn’t the case 10 or 20 years ago.” In Davidson’s own words, the position at InVision is “less about business to business and more about designer to designer.” Davidson will be meeting predominantly with the design teams from various companies to discuss not only how InVision can help them build better experiences, but how InVision can incorporate those design teams’ personalities into the product. InVision was built on the premise that the screen is the most important place in the world, considering that every brand and company is now building digital experiences across the web and through mobile applications. CEO Clark Valberg hopes to turn InVision into the Salesforce of design, and partnerships, acquisitions and product integrations are absolutely vital to that. “We couldn’t be more excited to have an authentic…

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Software Developer

Interviewing and hiring experienced software developers is more of an art than it is a science. In fact, advanced software developers may soon be among the most valuable and sought after employees for most businesses, including software development companies. However, finding exceptional software engineers can be extremely difficult since you have to explore a candidate’s […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Software Developer appeared first on SmallBizClub.

MeetFrank nets $1.1M for its passive job matching chatbot

MeetFrank, aka a ‘secret’ recruitment app that uses machine learning plus a chatbot wrapper to take the strain out of passive job hunting and talent-to-vacancy matching, has closed a €1 million (~$1.1M) seed funding round to fuel market expansion in Europe. Hummingbird VC, Karma VC, and Change Ventures are the investors. The Estonian startup was only founded last September but says it has ~125,000 active users in its first markets: Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, plus its most recent market addition, Germany, an expansion this seed has financed. Around 2,000 companies are using the app to try to attract talent. In Germany employers on board with MeetFrank include Daimler, Eon, Delivery Hero, SumUp, Blinkist, High Mobility and MyTaxi. “The average company profile we have at the moment is a start-up/scale-up company that develops their product in-house,” says co-founder Kaarel Holm. “At the moment we are mainly focused on technology-related companies — so positions you can find from average start-up or a scale-up,” he tells TechCrunch. “Around 50% of the position are engineering and other 50% is marketing, sales, customer support, legal, data science, product/project management etc.” He names TransferWise, Taxify, Testlio, Smartly and High-Mobility as other early customers. Here’s how MeetFrank works on the talent side: The person downloads the app and goes through a relatively quick onboarding chat with ‘Frank’ (the emoji-loving chatbot) where they are asked to specify their skills and experience — choosing from pre-set lists, rather than needing to type — plus to state their current job title and salary. So while MeetFrank’s target is passive job seekers, these people do still need to actively download the app and input some data. Hence the chatbot having a strong emoji + GIF game to convince talent that a little upfront effort will go a long way… The bot also asks what would convince them to switch jobs — offering options to choose from such as a higher salary, more flexible or remote working, relocation, a startup culture and so on. The anonymous aspect comes in because there’s no requirement for users to provide their real name or any other…

How to Scout Out and Hire Employees Who Really Love What They Do

Dedicated employees make or break startup success. Anyone can say they are “highly skilled,” but if employees lack the same vision and determination as their leader, it can be detrimental to the startup. To succeed in a startup environment, employees must have two qualities: enthusiasm and flexibility. Like the saying goes, hard work beats talent […] The post How to Scout Out and Hire Employees Who Really Love What They Do appeared first on SmallBizClub.

How to Recruit Top Talent by Leveraging Social Media

Guest Article Job fairs and job search websites are great, but the key to successful recruitment of top talent today lies in leveraging social media networks. It is one of the best ways to tell people who you know that you have a job opportunity. By leveraging social platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, you can greatly amplify your search for qualified candidates. Practically every working adult has a profile on at least one social media platform. Small business owners can use these connections to reach more candidates, as well as attract better talent. Here are some ways to leverage social media to recruit top talent into you small business: Build An Online Presence – Today’s employees want more than just higher salaries. They want a good place to work with the right ethics, culture and corporate values, so they feel a connection. In addition to engaging with customers, use social media to portray your company brand, establish your reputation online. once you have a pool of candidate you can check them out to see if they would be a good fit for your company. Create a Strong Network – You can use social media to build relationships with industry leaders as well as experienced professionals. Engaging with the right people can help you build strong network, and they can become referral sources for you.  When reach out to top level people, be authentic and personalize your message instead of sending generic communications. Connect with Employees – Being active on social media allows you to interact with job seekers, but you can also involve existing employees in the recruitment process. Encourage employees to share posts about the company’s latest news, content and job openings. Also check what your people are saying about the organization, and work on any issues that need to be resolved. Recruiting on Different Social Platforms Every social media network has its own features and benefits, so learn how to use these for the highest impact. Start with one platform and move on to others after you have mastered social media recruitment on the first. Here…

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Top Talent for Your Small Business

Recruiting top talent for your small business doesn’t have to be difficult if you develop and implement good processes and systems to hire right from the beginning. The average cost-per-hire is $4,129, while the average time it takes to fill a given position is 42 days, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Top Talent for Your Small Business appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

Hiring your first employees can be a daunting task for any small business owners. 63% of recruiters find it difficult to find suitable candidates for their company’s open positions, and small business often struggle to compete for qualified candidates. The process of job hunting is changing, knowing what applicants expect can help you find the […] The post Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing appeared first on SmallBizClub.

10 Leadership Blind Spots That Stunt Business Growth

We all have blind spots – things you don’t see despite your best intentions to observe the world changing around you. In business, these can quickly take you off the growth track, even as you work harder and harder. In my role as startup and small business advisor, it’s my job to help you see […] The post 10 Leadership Blind Spots That Stunt Business Growth appeared first on SmallBizClub.

Recruiting staff: how SMEs can compete with corporate businesses

Recruiting the best talent to your company is not an easy task. It can be even more challenging when you lead a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and don’t have the same resources larger organisations have at their disposal when hiring candidates. Being a smaller fish in the pond, however, isn’t always a bad thing The post Recruiting staff: how SMEs can compete with corporate businesses appeared first on Small Business.

Have You Made the Mistake of Hiring Too Soon?

Well, you may not be alone. Many executives and managers have made the mistake of using the financial and sales forecast to plan and execute hiring of new employees—so that they could be trained and up to speed when the demand arrives. The balance between preparedness and cost Although hiring early does add to overhead […] The post Have You Made the Mistake of Hiring Too Soon? appeared first on SmallBizClub.

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