Today’s episode of The Startup Chat is a special one, in it, Steli asks for your help finding the right person for a job at his company, is currently looking to hire a director of marketing for their team. This is as a result of the growth and scaling they are currently undergoing. While Steli has been talking to some amazing candidates, he’s decided to appeal to the Startup Chat community for help finding the right person for the job.

In today’s episode, Steli talk about what they’re looking for at, the best and worst case scenario of recommending someone for the position, what Steli is going to do with what he learns from this experiment and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

00:24 Why this topic was created.

00:47 What Steli needs help with.

01:25 What Steli is looking for at

02:25 What to do if you know someone that fits the role.

02:33 The worst case scenario of recommending someone the Steli.

02:47 The best case scenario of recommending someone thh Steli.

03:00 Why Steli had to try this out with the Startup Chat community.

03:09 What Steli is going to do with what he learns from this experiment.

03:39 A reminder of what the role is about.

3 Key Points:

  • No one knows me better than the Startup Chat community.
  • Worse case, they make a new connection and I make a new friend.
  • Best case, you could be the one that connects me with the perfect candidate for the position.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti with The Startup Chat. No Hiten Shah, this is a special tiny little, it’s not really an episode. It’s just me basically asking for help. So if you don’t want to know what I need help with and if you don’t want to help me, just move on. Just delete this episode and go do some of the older ones that I we have that are incredibly valuable. Basically I just need two minutes of your time to tell you what I need help with and see if there’s anybody out there that can help. At Close we’re currently looking to hire a director of marketing, a marketing leader. I’ve been talking to many amazing candidates and still talking to many more and I thought who knows me more than The Startup Chat Community? Who would be kind of an army of people better qualified to help me find the right candidate than you guys? Nobody obviously, so I thought I’d record a quick video and tell you what I’m looking for and see if anyone out there can help me out in one way or another and I’ll come up with some way for me to repay the favor if one of you guys helps me out finding the right candidate. So here’s what we’re looking for. Close is growing and scaling really fast. We have a tiny marketing team of just four people. We’ve been doing incredibly well with content marketing up until this point and so we’re looking for somebody that is a proven marketing leader, that is experienced in SaaS and SMB. Somebody that’s a bit more senior, so somebody that has taken teams as small as four people and managed teams up to 20, 30, 40 people. Somebody that has incredible leadership skills but is both a player and a coach so is not so far removed from marketing that they have never got their hands dirty in the past couple of years, and somebody that obviously would be a culture fit and would work well with people like me. So if anybody comes to mind, especially people that you think have an amazing job right now and are not looking for a new gig, anybody that comes to mind, don’t filter too much, just send me an email at with a name and a little bit of a backstory and I’ll try to connect, make a new friend. Worse case, if it doesn’t work out you helped them make a new connection and I made a new friend and I’ll repay you and I’ll find ways to appreciate that connection. Best case, you could be the person that connects me with the perfect candidate and help them in their career find an incredible opportunity, new home, new company to join and help me in an incredible way find the right person to help my team and help my company. I know in over 400 episodes we have never done this before. I don’t know if this is going to work at all, but I had to try, right? I had to try. I’ll talk to Hiten later about some of the results. I’ll share my learnings on how well this worked in terms of recruiting efforts and connecting with the right candidate. Again, if you know anybody that’s an incredible leader, is a marketer in SaaS, email me, with a name. Let me take it from there and if it works out I promise you I’ll make it worth your while. Thank you so much.