Be­jul So­maia Taught me How to Hire Right

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lem? He then sug­gested that I bring in some­one who can com­plete the job for me. Be­jul told me that across Light­speed’s port­fo­lio com­pa­nies glob­ally, they had con­sis­tently seen that bring­ing one good per­son in could change the des­tiny of the com­pany. He told me that the best CEOs spend 40% of their time just meet­ing great peo­ple and bring­ing them on board and let­ting them do what they want to do.

Be­jul’s ad­vice about re­mem­ber­ing that a com­pany is just a col­lec­tion of peo­ple and hence get­ting the right peo­ple who have the same am­bi­tion and the will to cre­ate an im­pact is cru­cial, came to me very early on, when we were just a few ho­tels old and still try­ing to get our model right. Two months later, we had Ab­hi­nav Sinha, our COO, and a few months later we had Kavikrut (chief growth of­fi­cer), and then the oth­ers.

Dur­ing all the tough times that the startup world has gone through, we at OYO Rooms have seen the least churn in lead­er­ship. A ma­jor­ity of our lead­er­ship has stayed for over 2 years and our com­pany is just three­and-half years old!

(As told to Supraja Srini­vasan)

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