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Acquihire is a fairly new way for startups to target talented employees who would otherwise be unaffordable. This has become a popular and controversial practice amongst middle-aged and large companies who choose to avoid the risk of acquiring smaller companies outright, or waiting until they grow too big and expensive.

What is an acquihire?

Acquihires are a fairly new way for startups to target talented employees who would otherwise be unaffordable. This has become a popular and controversial practice amongst middle-aged and large companies who choose to avoid the risk of acquiring smaller companies outright, or waiting until they grow too big and expensive.

Acquihire typically involves one of two things; either buying the entire company (and paying for them) “en masse”, or offering them enough money to make up for their current valuation (although many people would argue that this is simply rent-seeking, underhand tactics).

Regardless, the end result is usually a merger between a startup and a larger company, where the startup will cease to exist as a standalone entity. Those who work within the startup will usually join their new parent company straightaway.

How do target companies benefit?

For companies that undergo acquihires, there are many benefits, including significant funding that can help them grow. Employees will often have much greater job security when joining a larger business too, as they’ll likely have much more responsibility and power in their role.

Employees in startups also benefit from a greater sense of freedom in their work environment. Startups generally attract small teams of highly-talented individuals, who are given more responsibility and decision-making power than ever before. This can be a huge advantage to young, ambitious professionals.

Acquihire targets also get the opportunity to join an already existing team of professionals who they can learn from and grow alongside. This means a chance to learn a lot of new skills in a relatively short period of time.

What do acquiring companies gain?

Companies that acquire smaller startups typically do so with one goal in mind: to bolster their future prospects in some way. The main reason for this is because startups are often born out of a niche idea or technology, which has the potential to significantly improve a larger business.

Acquihires also make a lot of sense for a business’s growth strategy. Acquiring a startup allows companies to implement their ideas and technology from the outset, as well as develop an in-house team that can build up valuable experience from day one.

They also form an extremely useful resource for other members within the company, as they can provide valuable insight into what it’s like to work for a startup. This means that businesses can learn how to approach new hires and adapt their hiring strategy accordingly – something which is sure to have a positive effect on their growth plans.

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Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

What clients usually engage your Acquihire Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Acquihire talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Acquihire professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Acquihire talent and are able to provide clients with Acquihire professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Acquihire professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Acquihire consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Acquihire consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Acquihire talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Acquihire talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Acquihire consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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