Building teams for scale – 2 founder insights you need to know

#Sunrise18 was a bounty of knowledge and experience shared by founders and business leaders. We’ve taken away 2 key insights from the day to share with you.

Importance of vision


Laurie Yoler from Zoox reminds us that having a compelling business vision is at the epicentre of growth and success.  A truly compelling vision is purpose driven, it might make a difference to humanity or it may challenge social norms.  A business vision with gravitational pull inspires dreams and future potential in the minds of prospective employees.

The reality is, x-factor candidates are more likely to bet on a startup with a thrilling vision over a high paying comfortable opportunity with a poor vision.


To scale your startup effectively, Laurie has learnt that surrounding yourself with the smartest and kindest people across many disciplines is paramount to your success.  Hiring diverse thinkers leverages outside inspiration and ultimately gives your startup a competitive edge. Chris Iona, Founder of Future Pass also pushed this point home, advocating the benefits of building cross-functional teams to safeguard growth.


Fitting in the box is old news. Instead, take opportunities to hire pros with an atypical career trajectory.  The right people for your business have taken risks, learnt from life experiences and own a colourful portfolio of projects.  These are the individuals who will help to push the boundaries of your startup.

Building for your blind spots

Deciding who to bring into your business at a given time can make or break your growth and culture.  To truly scale a business, you need capable leaders from diverse backgrounds to make significant impact.

Genevieve Gilmore, CPO at Prosper Education says knowing your blind spots (the skills and experience you don’t have) is critical. The most successful founders build teams around their blind spots allowing for fresh perspectives and holistic thinking.

Be critical about the gaps in your experience and hire for them!

If you’re seeking your next atypical recruit to make an impact like no other – get in touch with us at Onset.

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“Working with The Onset was fantastic. They spent the time with me up front on understanding not only the requirements of the role but also the qualities and skill sets needed to fill the role well. The candidates provided were really strong and led to hires who have not only helped us fill roles but also enhance our overall company culture by introducing us to top quality candidates. Thanks Onset!”

Yaniv Klein
Product Director

“We partnered with The Onset, a leading IT recruitment agency, explained the journey we were on, and asked them to sell our vision to the Sydney market in our search for high quality developers. It was important that the people we chose not only had high technical skills but were a good cultural fit and understood where oOh! was going”

Andy Mcquarrie
Chief Technology Officer

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Drew Harding
Senior Delivery Manager

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Rachel Debeck
Chief Operating Officer

“It was a pleasure working with Danielle to source a full stack developer for our company. She put real effort into understanding what we were looking for and helped us find the right candidate. Plus helped us find the first female developer!”

Antony Francis
Team Lead

“Onset has been partnering with Haventec for over three years. The team at Onset have the great ability to connect with our team and understand our business and culture to be able to place employees that fit our team like a glove. It takes great talent to recognise the unique needs of each business and to be able to deliver on them so well”

Edora David
Business Operations Manager

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