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30 March 2010 @ 07:21 am
Yesterday, at the Hacker Dojo, there was a startup lawyer answering questions, presumably to attract clients. We've been doing the whole angel investing thing, so I had a couple of questions to ask.

I think I've found a lawyer not to retain, should I need one.
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Anthonyterpsichoros on April 1st, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, though in my experience, the average lawyer is barely competent to do their job; finding lawyers worth retaining is harder than finding lawyers not worth retaining. It's almost as bad as with realtors.
eqeeqe on March 31st, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
A while back a recruiter was hanging around at Noisebridge, and asked me how to behave given the heavily anti-corporate slant of many of the vocal people there; I advised him not to solicit people for jobs unless they approached him first. We had a couple of pleasant interactions around non-job-related things and he seemed like an OK type.

A few months later he solicited me for a position he was trying to fill; I sighed, but was feeling especially annoyed at work at that moment, so I chatted with him a couple of times about it; then he sent me a bunch of email, to which I replied to one or two of and then went radio silent (not really interested, but not really uninterested enough to shut the door either). Weeks later he sent me a final mail saying "The least you could do when I stick my neck out by putting you forward for a gig is reply to my email!"

Suprised in the extreme at the unprofessionalism, I related the story to some friends, and one of them exclaimed "Yeah, we didn't hire him to recruit for us at $COMPANY, either."