Early Stage Startups

Executive Search & Leadership Advisory

Not long ago, only a few large size Ventures represented the global startup scene in terms of funding volume. But in recent years, the entrepreneurial landscape has gone through a transition. Fast-growing, early stage startups are operating successfully in mass markets, as well as market niches established by entrepreneurs. With lots of funding flowing into seed and early stage startups, there are many opportunities available to entrepreneurs.  Nevertheless, because of their limited resources and inexperience, entrepreneurial businesses face immense challenges in attaining and leveraging these opportunities.

From cloud-based applications and open-source software to funding from angel investors and venture capitalists, there are some factors that together make it easier for entrepreneurs to establish a startup. However, launching a startup has become significantly more difficult in one vital aspect — hiring and retaining the right people for the company. From six-figure salaries to highly lucrative stock packages, corporate players are offering amazing perks and benefits to attract and retain skilled employees. Since early-stage startups do not have the resources to match the benefits offered by industry leading companies, they face trouble attracting the right talent.

Apart from talent acquisition, choosing the right legal structure for the business remains another major challenge for early stage startups. While most startups offer an innovative product or service to the existing markets, there are a few that use their creativity and innovation to create new market niches. Being the pioneering company in a new market niche, startups face unique legal challenges that have not been experienced by any business before. Consequently, to navigate through the complexities and limit potential liability, startups need to select the most appropriate legal structure that can support the company’s growth and operational effectiveness as it matures.

Establishing a startup is essentially about doing something that has not been done before, typically in an uncertain, fast paced environment. While there are best practices and guiding methodologies, there is hardly any runbook available. To survive and thrive amidst uncertainty, startups need to learn from experienced entrepreneurs who can help them avoid the common pitfalls and establish a competitive position in the industry.

As an innovator in executive search and leadership development, Allen Austin has worked closely with a large number of entrepreneurs and helped them craft successful human capital strategies for their business. We understand the importance of attracting and retaining the right staff for the long-term success of an early-stage startup, as well as the unique talent acquisition challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Using our knowledge and experience of providing executive search services, we help clients find the right leaders who can craft winning business strategies, as well as share their valuable entrepreneurship experience with their team members and serve as a  mentor for them.