Category Archives: Blog

Recruiters vs. Job Boards

In today’s market, everyone is looking at ways to cut costs. Many companies see keeping recruiting in-house to be a manageable way to reduce spending. It’s simple, right? Just go ahead and plug in a job description to Monster, Craigslist or CareerBuilder, and voila, you’re instantly overwhelmed with résumés  from experienced, qualified people from which …

The Funding Process of a Start-Up

Which do you prefer: 100 percent of nothing, or 17 percent of $2.6 billion? From the beginnings of an idea to the IPO, a start-up experiences multiple stages throughout its lifecycle. In particular, funding is a major make-it-or-break-it point for start-ups, especially for those entrepreneurs unable to see the value in sharing ownership of the …

You finally landed a job interview—now prepare yourself

Even in a candidate-driven market, you may find yourself coming up short in getting what seems that perfect job. What went wrong? Perhaps, your interview skills need refreshing. There is only so much a recruiter can do to sell a candidate to a potential employer. It’s ultimately up to you to bridge the gap between …

Do you “really” know your financials?

There is no better example of risk management than that of a Seattle heavy manufacturer who approved its annual budget in May 2008 and was ready for another banner year.  With five offices in three states and both domestic and foreign production, it supplied the construction industry for commercial and residential building. Despite the state …

How do companies retain top employees?

Companies offer all types of perks and incentives striving for their names to appear on the coveted “Best Places to Work” list. But in the end, they often still suffer from poor retention. Employee retention saves time, money and energy, so obviously it’s an important consideration when hiring new employees. It is a great honor …

What you need to know about crowdfunding

While attending a recent “CrowdFund Texas” event, I was struck by the level of interest for this new platform to raise capital funds. At first look, it’s easy to see why. Companies now have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and investment requests to the world online through dedicated crowdfunding sites, therefore greatly expanding a …

Urgency in the recruiting process

Is it truly urgent that you fill your firm’s current job openings? If so, are your hiring processes designed to manage this urgency so that you successfully land the coveted candidates that are in the greatest demand? We are in a very competitive recruiting world for highly-sought-after, skilled candidates and only those prepared to move …

What is the basis for your capital need?

vcfo supports quite a number of companies that are looking to raise equity capital for their business. More times than not, there is very little basis for the dollar amount of the equity capital to be raised. Today’s capital markets are very difficult to begin with, so the more precision you can have around how …