Startup Resources
August 28, 2014 by Amy Sept

HireFastBuildThings-blogImageIf you’re in the tech industry, chances are you’ve felt the pinch: there’s a bona fide talent war going on. Startups and smaller innovators have an especially tough time competing with tech giants who offer over-the-top incentives.

There’s a new way to work: high-performing distributed engineering teams.

Hire Fast & Build Things is a new eBook written by Stephane Kasriel, Elance-oDesk’s senior VP of engineering and product. It explains—in step-by-step detail—how to recruit and manage a top-notch team of distributed engineers.

You can download it as a PDF for free (or grab it to-go on Kindle for just $2.99).

“A distributed team isn’t nice to have; it gives you a real competitive edge in the talent war. But our clients often ask how to get started—and how to pull it all together,” Kasriel explained.

Companies don’t have the time or resources for trial-and-error. Hire Fast & Build Things offers an in-depth look at how our development process works.

Stephane KasrieloDesk (which recently merged with Elance) has relied on virtual teams for the last nine years, as online work shifted from unconventional to the norm. Our distributed engineering team includes 12 product managers, 20 engineering leads, 100 developers, and 30 test engineers.

But hiring well isn’t just a matter of finding someone with the right skills; they need to quickly and successfully integrate into your product and team.

“My team has drawn experience from established open source communities and companies like GitHub and Automattic to learn their best practices and find out how they might apply to our work,” said Kasriel.

Hire Fast & Build Things explains how you can:

  • Hire the best engineering talent regardless of location
  • Structure your distributed dream team
  • Establish effective remote work practices
  • Create a shared infrastructure
  • Build a strong company culture

Building a virtual team can give your company the ability to be fast and flexible, to grow quickly and cost effectively. Are you ready to build your own dream team?

Download the eBook and discover new ways to win the race to find the best talent: hiring the best engineers, regardless of location.

Amy Sept

Managing Editor and Contractor

As the managing editor of the Upwork blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work. A writer and social media pro, she owns Nimbyist Communications and often works remotely with non-profits, tech companies, and small business owners.