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The qualities DoorDash CEO Tony XU looks for in hires, and his secret to snagging top talent

The qualities DoorDash CEO Tony XU looks for in hires, and his secret to snagging top talent

Tony Xu outlines DoorDash's attributes of excellence for recruiting talent in an interview on the "The VC 20 Minute" podcast.
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When DoorDash was first founded in 2013, CEO Tony Xu focused on hiring people with more talent than experience.




In that time, Xu created a recruiting playbook which he considers attributes of excellence.




Using these attributes, Xu says encourages employees to bring in the next generation of talent.


DoorDash CEO, Tony Xu, considers recruiting to be one of his "superpowers." Since 2013, when he founded the food-delivery service, the company has grown from a small team of Stanford University students to 6,000 full-time employees, over 1 million active delivery drivers, and more than 20 million monthly users. In an interview with venture capitalist Harry Stebbings on the "The20Minute VC" podcast this summer, Xu describes the secrets to his recruiting success and the essential attributes that he believes create exceptional employees.

Choosing talent over experience

When DoorDash was first created, Xu explained that the company decided to focus on hiring people with certain skills rather than those with experience.Xu wanted to find "general athletes," or applicants, who may lack experience but had other attributes that could help grow the company. Xu looked for candidates who didn't shy away from solving big problems and could seamlessly shift from talking about business to product design and engineering.
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