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Anoop Unadkat, COO at Metail, and Matt Buckland, Head of Talent and HR at Lyst, share the recruitment challenges they faced when scaling their businesses in episode 2 of our Founder to Founder series.

Every growing startup faces the same problem: how do we match the rapid growth of our business with a rapid growth of our staff? What seems like a simple task on paper is often anything but, with problems in culture, skills gaps and even showing 50 brand new employees where the coffee machine is, they all take precious time.

Anoop and Matt share their honest and open experiences of the recruitment challenges that they’ve faced at Metail and Lyst, touching on the danger of growing your team too quickly, and luring employees to your small tech company from the security of a large corporate.

At the time of filming Metail employed 60 people and were going through a funding round, facing both internal and external pressures to grow their team. Lyst had just emerged on the other side, having doubled their workforce in under a year.

Both got through it, but they have a few scare stories as well as nerve settlers for you to learn from in this video. Prefer to listen as a podcast?  

Our Founder to Founder series explores the challenges entrepreneurs face with five interviews between members of our Future Fifty and Upscale programmes.

Watch episode one – Asi Sharabi and Alex Klein: going global

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