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Driven By Impact: What a day to 'leap' into climate action! 🐸

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Driven By Impact 🌱

Edition 45: February 29, 2024

The Power of Hiring: A Make or Break for Your Startup's Future

In the world of startups, every conversation is an opportunity to sell your company. You're selling to mentors, partners, investors, and arguably most importantly, job seekers. Today, we delve into the crucial element of your pitch — hiring. The process of bringing new talent into your team can serve as a powerful reflection of your company's values, goals, and culture. Done right, it can propel your startup to new heights. Done poorly, it can lead to a number of challenges that can hinder your growth and success.

The High Stakes of Hiring

The hiring process is more than just filling a vacant position. It's a chance to expand your team with individuals who share your vision and are willing to work towards achieving it. The impact of this process extends beyond the individual being hired - it influences your entire organization, the community around your brand, and even the broader industry.

Poor hiring decisions can lead to candidate withdrawal, decreased productivity, increased costs, and a negative reputation for your company. In fact, a staggering 60% of candidates can withdraw from the hiring process if they have a negative experience. Approximately 76% of hiring managers have noted that hiring the wrong person leads to decreased productivity and morale.

Moreover, the financial impact of a bad hiring decision can be significant. It's estimated that the average cost of a poor hire is at least 30% of the individual’s first-year expected earnings. For startups operating on tight budgets, these costs can be devastating.

The Rewards of Getting it Right

On the other hand, when hiring is done right, it can lead to a number of positive outcomes. An impressive 87% of talent say a positive interview experience can change their mind about a role or company. This means that even if a candidate is unsure about joining your startup at first, a well-executed hiring process can persuade them to come on board.

Furthermore, positive hiring experiences can lead to increased referrals. One study found that the likelihood of referrals increased by 300% when companies provided all candidates with constructive feedback and growth tips, regardless of whether they were hired.

Successful hiring can also lead to reduced turnover. The top 20% of the most engaged teams showed a 59% reduction in turnover. This is particularly important for startups, as high turnover rates can lead to instability and disruption.

A Continuous Cycle of Improvement

The key to successful hiring lies in continuous reflection and improvement. After each hiring cycle, it's essential to document everything, ask for feedback, and iterate for improvement. This will ensure your hiring process stays aligned with your startup's evolving needs and goals.

Your hiring process is an opportunity to sell your vision, build relationships, and foster a community around your startup. By focusing on making it as positive and effective as possible, you can attract the right talent, reduce costs, and set your startup up for success.

All in all, good or bad, your hiring decisions shape your startup's future. So, take the time to reflect, learn, and improve your process - the success of your startup depends on it.


  • Importance of Effective Hiring: Hiring is a critical opportunity for startups to reflect their values, goals, and culture, influencing not just the individual hire but the entire organization and its growth.

  • Impact and Outcomes: A positive hiring process can change a candidate's perception of the company, increase referrals, and significantly reduce turnover rates. Conversely, negative hiring experiences can damage a company's reputation and result in increased costs and reduced morale among existing employees.

  • Continuous Improvement: The key to successful hiring lies in constantly reflecting on and improving the hiring process. This involves documenting each cycle, seeking feedback, and making necessary adjustments.

🌎 WHAT: ​Using LinkedIn to Supercharge Your Job Search
🗓️ WHEN: 3/12 @ 12 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://lu.ma/LinkedInDeepDive
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: ​MCJ + Climate People: Climate Career Advancement Meetup
🗓️ WHEN: 3/13 @ 12 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://lu.ma/MCJClimateCareerAdvancement
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: ​Uncovering Climate Funding and Job Market Projections
🗓️ WHEN: 3/14 @ 12 pm EST
👤 WHO: Hiring Managers and Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: Climate Job Seeker LinkedIn Live Q&A
🗓️ WHEN: 3/14 @ 3 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://bit.ly/LILMarch14
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

🌎 WHAT: Breaking into Climate Monthly Webinar
🗓️ WHEN: 3/19 @ 12 pm EST
📍WHERE: https://lu.ma/climatejobs
👤 WHO: Job Seekers

→ Last Friday, we hosted the first session in our 4-part “Climate Transitions” workshop with Mona Johnson from MoJo coaching. Watch the recording here. 

→ Brendan Andersen, the founder of Climate People, will be mentoring in Brinc's climate startup accelerator program this spring! Read more here.

→ Missed last week’s edition? It was a jam-packed one! Check it out here.

**We do not accept sponsors for this newsletter. All of these external promos are our genuine recommendations 💚**

→ Are you in the process of hiring a new team member? Here are some good interview questions to ask!

→ ClimateTechList’s founder, Steven Zhang, outlines how to use his platform as a company. Whether it’s for business development outreach or analyzing trends — check it out.

→ Earlier this week, we hosted part 2 of our “Networking 101” miniseries with Laurie McGinley. Check out the recording to learn about the “Ways You’re Probably Already Networking.”


The Cold Chain Management Revolution is a key strategy for combating global food waste, with inefficiencies in the system accounting for approximately 14% of food lost from harvest to retail. Advanced technologies in cold chain management, such as real-time tracking and disposable smart tags, are reducing this waste by ensuring perishables maintain optimal temperatures throughout transit.

Implementing these technologies not only curtails food waste but also improves food quality, extends shelf life, and reduces the environmental impact through lower spoilage rates and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. Leading companies in this field include Artyc, Americold Logistics, Copeland, Thermo King, Coldway Technologies, and New Leaf Dynamic Technologies, showcasing significant advancements in sustainable food distribution.


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Our client, a pioneering global technology and climate impact organization, is seeking a Sales Development Representative (SDR) to join their ambitious team. This role entails working with the Head of Business Development on strategic prospect identification and conversion, being the first point of contact for potential customers, and overseeing customer development using data-driven methods. The SDR will build pipelines across key customer segments, establish the brand in new markets, communicate expertly on climate and product matters, and constantly experiment with outbound strategies. Ideal candidates should have 1-3+ years of experience in sales or sales development, a passion for climate and sustainability issues, an ability to take extreme ownership of first impressions, operate with integrity, be diligent and focused, thrive in a team environment, adapt and learn, and bring a growth mindset every day.

That's all for this edition! Thanks for doing your part in mobilizing a workforce transition to work on climate!