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Could an In-House Recruiter Be the Key to Success Your Startup Is Missing? One entrepreneur shares why he's had greater success--and even saved money--since bringing in an in-house hiring professional.

By Christopher Hann

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Photography by Marc Royce
Dead right: Douglas Merrill of ZestFinance.

Q: Does my company need an in-house recruiter?

A: As a key executive at Google, Douglas Merrill spent five years hiring some of Silicon Valley's top-flight tech talent. As the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based ZestFinance, which uses big data to help lenders improve their credit underwriting decisions, Merrill has used outside recruiters. But he insists he's had greater success--and even saved money--since ZestFinance brought on an in-house hiring professional.

Why? Hiring is about finding the right fit. In the entrepreneurial world, that means finding smart people with an impressive pedigree who will flourish within your company culture.

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