How To Build Your Startup’s Founding Team

Who should your first hire be? How about your fifth? Your 10th?

Find fit by filling gaps and attacking weaknesses

The first rule of startup hiring also happens to be the first rule most founders ignore: Don’t hire people who are like you, hire people to fill your gaps and address your weaknesses.

Fill Roles Carefully and Conservatively

Theoretically, the earlier the hire, the larger the impact on the business. But that isn’t always the case. Sometimes you just want helpers, not heroes. Here’s how to slot new folks in.

Rhythm makes it a team, not just a bunch of employees

It’s really freaking awkward to be the boss of one person.

  • Here’s what you’re going to be doing on our own.
  • Here’s what you’re going to be doing with other people.
  • Here’s how much of your time, as a percentage, you should allocate to each of these initiatives.
  • Here are your goals for each initiative, with milestones.

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