5 recruiting tips you might have not thought of

On April 29, 2014, in In English, by Siim Lepisk

Latitude59 panel discussion with people from Skype, Imprimatur and Google revealed some interesting angels on recruiting you might not have thought of:

  1. It’s recruiter’s responsibility to find out what the person is capable of. Otherwise you’ll just hire experience (and CVs can be tricky).
  2. The headhunter will only help if you really know who you’re looking for. And if you can’t find that from your own network.
  3. Choose your hiring channel based on who you’re looking for – whether if you want someone to take over your role, or 12th person to your team.
  4. In background research focus on attitude match with company’s values.
  5. At tough times you need your people to work full time, so they feel their ass is on fire too, not just yours.

And when is the right time to have a dedicated HR unit in your company? If your management is spending too much time on HR tasks, it’s probably time for a dedicated HR skillset.

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Thoughts from Latitude59 panel discussion “Startup growth and going global”.

The new market penetration can be divided into three stages: INTRO, BASICS, and STRUCTURED.

The basic reminders (to avoid burning money) for your new market penetration are as follows:

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I now run Prototron start-up fund

On April 2, 2014, in In English, by Siim Lepisk

From April 2014 I’m the CEO of Prototron. Prototron is a start-up fund that gives money to teams to turn their great ideas into first working prototype.


  • Prototron was founded in 2012 by Swedbank, Tallinn Technical University and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol.
  • Since then we have had 6 rounds of funding with more than 500 applications/ideas.

  • We are filling the gap between the ideas and working prototypes so that our alumni will be able to generate the first sales from their working prototype.
  • We invest up to 30’000€ per start-up and ask 0% share. Of course we prefer the owner’s contribution to be as big as possible.
  • Our focus areas age Greentech, Electronics, Mechatronics and ICT. In ICT projects have to have complex business logic that IP rights can be protected, and/or cannot be easily copied.
  • Prototron is the only fund with a track record in Estonia, that finances building prototypes.
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