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Hiring your first developer


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June 23, 2020 • 2:30PM

Why you should take this workshop

So you’ve done it! You’ve got an idea that you’ve tested and validated and you’re ready to invest in a technical build and hire a developer! Only one problem: you don’t speak tech!

Hiring your first engineer at a startup is incredibly hard, especially if you’re a non-technical founder. As a founder you’re already stretched dangerously thin on time. There are bugs to fix, customers to close and any number of urgent existential fires that demand your full attention. So how do you make sure you choose the right person for the job and avoid rookie mistakes?

Join IFundWomen and Flatiron School for this meaty conversation on hiring your first developer as a startup Founder. By bringing developers, founders, and hiring managers together, we’ll address hiring your first developer from multiple angles. We’ll be leading a 3-part deep dive to address all the questions on how to find your first developer, how to work well with developers on your team, how to create a successful engineering culture, and best practices and lessons learned from both the hiring and employee perspectives. Come ready to engage and ask questions!



  • 60 minutes of lightning round talks from developers, hiring managers, and the Flatiron School careers team; 30 minutes of Q&A
  • A 3 part deep dive into every aspect of hiring your first developer
  • Access to the Flatiron School hiring community
  • Access to the live replay in the IFundWomen Workshop Library

What you will learn

  • Where to find your first developer
  • How to work well with developers once they’re a part of the team
  • How to create a successful engineering culture
  • Best practices and lessons learned from the developer and management perspective

Course lessons


Hiring your first developer


Section topics:

  • When do you need a developer?
  • What type of developer you need?
  • Where should you look to find developers?
  • Using a dev shop vs a Full-time hire
The first developer at a startup


Section topics:

  • Where to find tech talent
  • Best practices for managing & communicating with developers
  • What developers need in order to have a successful engineering culture
  • How to set your developers up for success and create processes that make it easy to work together
  • Lessons learned as the first developer at an early stage startup
  • How to communicate with developers as a non-technical Founder
Managing your first developer


Section topics:

  • Best practices for managing developers
  • Contracts & negotiation
  • Lessons learned when forming a team or hiring for freelance projects
Open Q&A

Come prepared to ask all your questions!

About Flatiron School

Flatiron School teaches people with no prior technical experience the skills they need for the future workforce. Through a rigorous curriculum and a supportive, collaborative community, Flatiron School’s education program transforms passionate learners into skilled tech professionals in as little as 12 weeks. With a commitment to students that continues beyond graduation, Flatiron School’s experienced instructors and dedicated career coaches have helped thousands of people unlock their true potential with the new careers they deserve. Flatiron School teaches passionate, motivated individuals the skills they need to launch careers in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity.

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Meet our speakers

Sarah Haggard

Sarah Haggard, Founder and CEO of Tribute, a modern mentorship app that connects
mentors and mentees together through personal stories and shared life experiences.
Sarah worked at Microsoft for a decade prior to founding Tribute and is on a personal
mission to make the workplace and technology more human.

Calvin Smith

Calvin is a Career Coach at Flatiron School. With over 12 years of professional experience in marketing and business development, he is passionate about helping  people find their next career and/or next calling. Calvin is also the CEO & Co-founder of Llama Tech, a firm globalizing employment by finding talented mid-senior developers in Ecuador and matching them with companies in the US.

Victoria Mei

Victoria Mei is a full stack developer, content creator, and tech influencer. Victoria pivoted her career from data analytics to engineering in 2017 after attending Flatiron School's Software Engineering program and is currently a Junior Software Engineer at Dashlane. Victoria spends her free time creating video content on web development trends and coding tutorials on social media including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Medium blogs. Follow her on Instagram @vickysdailystandup.