Today we’re in conversation with Rob Vickery, the founder and Managing Partner of Hillfarance Venture Capital.
In this episode, we get an insider’s look into how Rob evaluates startups and what he cares about as a VC. We also uncover the person behind the title, touching on Rob’s life outside of work, his experience with burnout, and how he sets boundaries to respect his time and mana.
I asked Rob: “How does a founder stay motivated with a sub-par salary?”Expecting he’d talk about hustle, delayed gratification and the bigger picture. He dove into why a founder should pay themselves a living wage (your living wage). To be honest, it was thought-provoking.The risks he’s outlined are incredibly valid and I feel that if you're a founder that's closing a funding round, you have an obligation to ask/outline for your living wage, it’s a win-win. Rob Vickery 🇺🇦& I dove in to multiple topics around the startup space, specifically tech and I had a ball chatting to him. Links to this thought-provoking episode are in the links below.
"They genuinely felt like development partners as opposed to a company that we had contracted."
We set an ambitious target of hiring 11 senior engineers within a month. To my surprise, we achieved that. During the entire process, PICWA felt like an in-house talent team and worked closely with us to find the right fit. Fast forward 4 years and we're still working with the same team PICWA provided and have no idea how we'd operate without them