How do you build a great design team? It’s getting harder for startups, especially in Silicon Valley, where competition for good designers is fierce. From the interview/screening process, to onboarding, and the all-important retention of great talent, Enrique Allen, Co-Director of Designer Fund elicits some great advice from our panelists.
“Every designer in the Bay Area seems to have a job they already like,” Peter Merholz, Head of Design, Groupon. Groupon has had to geographically widen its search for designers, and to rely on its own in-house design team to generate quality leads.
When it comes to screening candidates Shalin Amin, Head of Design at Uber, shares that in addition to the ability to do the work, there are three important attributes that he looks for when trying to identify rock star developers: the art of storytelling, curiosity and passion.
Mia Blume, Head of Design at Pinterest adds that it’s also important to get a sense of whether or not the candidate understands the “why” - someone who can articulate what the problem is and what the opportunity looks like.