Hiring the best

If you’ve ever been tempted to write a job ad by taking the bottom two thirds of a similar company and replacing the top and tweaking the body copy--and then been unhappy with the results, then this workshop is for you.


“Ben came on as a co-founder of Meta in 2013 and developed our successful Y Combinator application. He led our early sales campaigns to $2M of pre orders, worked extensively on the strategy and tactics for our $23M Series A, and helped lay the groundwork for our $50M Series B. Ben was instrumental in helping hire many of our top team members. Whether you are starting out or scaling up your company I highly recommend you talk to Ben.”

Meron Gribetz, CEO - Meta

The biggest piece of advice when hiring is to look outside of your network as well as in it, and to write a “love letter” not a job description.

Ben has hired hundreds of people including many world number ones.

Ben has helped more than a dozen startups work with Universities to provide internship programs without salary payments, in a way that complies with all regulations.

People who worked for Ben’s companies have met the founders of AirBnB, presented at the main stage TED conference in Vancouver.

Please note there are no quick fixes here, but there are specific things that can be done to hire very high quality people promptly if you’re willing to put the time in.

This workshop is about hiring top quality talent on a constrained budget, where everyone wins.

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Capital Clinic

Deck, Strategy and Presentation Skills

Ben managed the Y Combinator entry for Meta, worked on the Series A of US$23M and helped build the start of the US$50M Series C.

“Patch’d Medical has been through the Y Combinator accelerator in Winter 2018 and received over $1.8M USD in seed funding. Ben pushed us to go full time on the company back in 2016 and has worked with us ever since. Ben has helped us solve our largest challenges while forming and growing the company, he is phenomenal at capital raising and budget planning. Great guy, unashamedly forward thinking when helping companies succeed.”

Robert Quinn, CEO, co-founder - Patch’d Medical

Budget like a boss

Short on cash? Not sure whether you should raise at a low valuation or go for a bridge round? How about cutting your expenses down to nothing.
Salaries are your biggest cost at a startup: Ben Sand has negotiated with hundreds of top engineers and professionals to work at 25-50% of their previous salary.

Prior to hiring, your biggest costs are your own burn: Ben has lived for 6 months on $2/day of food.

Travelling Internationally from Australia is either uncomfortable and draining in the back or way too much up the front. Ben pays for economy but flies in business and you can too.

Meta, which Ben co-founded built a product comparable to Microsoft’s Hololens. Microsoft reportedly spent over $4B while Meta had less than 2% of this to work with.

Stop raising and start saving. Here’s how to run your startup at a fraction of the cost while keeping people on mission and the results happening.