People are the backbone of every organization. In the tech arena, this is even more true, as research, design, and intellectual property are all people driven. Additionally, you may engage a larger number of contractors or temporary staff than other industries. In this course, you will explore practices for recruiting, hiring, and firing employees and subcontractors. You will also define and find ways to influence a culture that will enable you to meet your business objectives. Finally, because the tech space has varying temporary and contract-based employment needs, you will explore the legal issues that may impact your employees and subcontractors.
Key Course Takeaways
Recommend promising practices for recruiting, hiring, and firing employees and subcontractors
Define and influence your team's culture
Identify legal issues that may impact your employees and subcontractors
Executive Director, Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Tom Schryver is the Executive Director of the Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. CREA’s programs include Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, and support of Cornell’s regional economic advancement efforts. Mr. Schryver leads the Upstate NY I-Corps Node and is the lead instructor for Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows program. He serves on the teaching team for eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, and teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell.
Mr. Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur, having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. Mr. Schryver’s board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and he serves as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.