Se­cur­ing tal­ent vi­tal, but not easy

China Daily (Canada) - - ANALYSIS -

The main fac­tor that has con­trib­uted to ris­ing star­tups in China in the past five years is the abun­dant tal­ent around the coun­try, es­pe­cially in ma­jor cities like Bei­jing.

Com­pared with about 3 mil­lion col­lege stu­dents grad­u­at­ing ev­ery year in the United States, in China the num­ber is about 9 mil­lion. So com­pa­nies get more chances to find the out­stand­ing peo­ple to work with.

For us, tal­ent is what we trea­sured most on the way to start Jide. For bet­ter work­ers, we have been both care­ful and hun­gry, which made re­cruit­ment the most dif­fi­cult part.

We in­vited all 100 em­ploy­ees at Jide one by one. The long­est time we took to in­vite one per­son to work with us was three months. That’s our way of show­ing re­spect to ca­pa­ble IT giants.

We once had a tele­phone meet­ing at 2 am to dis­cuss how to con­vince a guy from Shang­hai to join us. He and his tech­niques were so im­por­tant that we agreed to go to Shang­hai the next day to show our sin­cer­ity.

At that time, I was on busi­ness in south­ern China. Sev­eral hours later, I ar­rived in Shang­hai. So did my two co-founders.

We kind of dragged that man out and “bombed” him with our plans for an en­tire day. At last we were al­most beg­ging him, “Join us! Trust us!”

Though he ap­pre­ci­ated the plans at Jide, he couldn’t help hes­i­tat­ing over quit­ting his job at a big com­pany. We gave him a night to think it over, and prayed for a “yes”.

The next morn­ing, he ex­pressed his thanks and turned us down.

It was such a huge dis­ap­point­ment. We knew him per­son­ally and his tal­ent, and he knew it was a good choice for him to join a startup. But he just couldn’t take that step.

Well, we can­not stum­ble over this kind of de­feat. It was like af­ter 15 min­utes of sad­ness, which was real sad­ness of los­ing a com­pan­ion, you wipe your tears and go for the next one.

Now, things are get­ting bet­ter. More and more peo­ple are join­ing us. This year, when we went to the univer­si­ties for job fairs, more than 50 per­cent of the stu­dents showed in­ter­est in star­tups. It’s a com­plete turn­around.

I still in­sist that star­tups have more pos­si­bil­i­ties. I hope that more and more young tal­ents have the courage to join young com­pa­nies and make more pos­si­bil­i­ties both for them­selves and for the whole mar­ket.

Jeremy Zhou, CEO of Jide Tech, a com­pany de­vel­op­ing mo­bile de­vices

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