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Mr. Anjani Kumar

The obstacle: Attracting qualified senior talent from the industry

Startup: An online marketplace in the field of interiors and building materials

Background: In Early 2015, I was approached by this start-up to mentor them in setting up their business. They were already in operation for around 8 months and had a team of around 14 junior people working along with the founder who himself had more than two decades experience in the interiors and building materials field. Apart from other areas where they were facing challenges, one area that I could clearly identify was not having enough bandwidth at management level to drive operations effectively and efficiently. The founder was almost putting in 16-18 hours every day along with his junior resources and was nearly on the verge of getting burnt out.

On enquiring, I was told that in last 4-5 months they tried hiring many senior resources but at least on 7 occasions peop...