9GAG, GoGoVan and AfterShip Discuss the Challenges of Hiring Developers in Hong Kong

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Let’s be honest – it is not an easy task to hire developers in Hong Kong. If you have tried with different job listing sites (jobsdb, recruit.net, angel.co, WHUB) but still could not be able to hire a fit developer – you’re not alone.

Startups getting funded do not mean they do not face challenges in recruitment. With a shortage of (startup friendly) developers, I have interviewed Alex Wang , VP of engineering at 9GAG, Steven Lam, CEO & Co-Founder at GoGoVan and Teddy Chan, CEO & Co-Founder at AfterShip for their experience of hiring developers in HK.

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Appedu reveals how it fights the war for talents

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Appedu aims to make learning easier than ever. By providing a crowdsourcing mobile app that allows students to ask any question in one click, Appedu is creating an accessible and high quality learning environment to encourage curiosity and nurture a questioning mind.

As a young start-up, most expect our major challenges to be funding-related, and are often surprised when we reveal that our biggest obstacles lie in attracting top talents. Idea matters, money matters, and execution matters, but behind it all, it is people who drive progress. In our first two years of operation, we have observed a common but worrying recruitment trend: the war for talents is raging in ever greater intensity between well-established, multi-national firms and local start-ups. Hiring the right people to join a start-up has always been as challenging – if not more – as raising funds. Compared to those big guys, we are nobody. Candidates and their family are often sceptical of our business, while some may even question our legitimacy.

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Startup Hiring: Building an Edge

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Startups do not have many ways to build a strong competitive advantage in the early days. But startup hiring is one area where this is possible because the hiring process at most large companies is broken. If your startup can build a superior hiring process, this will be a strong competitive edge.

Don’t Outsource Hiring
Hiring top talent is a core skill that startups need to possess and core skills should not be outsourced. That means allocating enough time during the week for actual hiring. If hiring is a top priority, which is usually the case in every startup, then a minimum of 25% of at least one senior person’s time should be spent on hiring. This can include online research, content marketing and in person activities but there is no way to avoid having to invest significant time into hiring if you want to do it right.

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