Before you do anything, know what your team wants. As a founder, it’s important to figure out how you, your company, and everyone in your team will benefit from working together. This will ensure that everyone has something to bring to the table and the goals and vision are the same across the board.
Your team is the core of your company. Whether you’re dealing with the admin or the engineer, the temp or the perm hire, you should treat everyone equally. Equal treatment will make happy employees, and happy employees will ensure the longevity of your company.
The Startup Wiggle – involves trying different approaches to see what works. When building your team, find the individuals who are resilient and motivated to do the startup wiggle. Choose people who have creativity, courage, and conviction. You want someone who will challenge you, but also a balance so they’re not constantly opposing you and your visions.
Don’t fear failure.
When hiring, look for attitude, tone, and skill. You want to make sure your employees’ attitude is the right fit, their tone is respectful, and their skill set matches your company’s needs.
Know who you are. You have to know who you are as an individual, a company, and a founding team. If you can’t define yourself, it will be very tough (when hiring) for you to determine whether the match would be mutually beneficial for your potential employee and your team.
Letting go of someone from your founding team can feel like a divorce. So, make sure you put a lot of thought and effort into the hiring process.
Choose your advisors wisely. If you have someone in mind to play an advisory role, don’t call that person right off the bat. Build a relationship and see if she can help you out with a project. Some of the best advisors never have the official advisor title. Finding the right advisor is a lot like courting; you just know.
Figure out your plan, execute it, check it, and repeat. Focus on the business first and then everything else will fall into place (fundraising, etc.).
Be a self-starter. During the early days, you want to be like Tom Sawyer and get people to help you paint the fence. It’s sometimes boring as hell, but you want to be the first one who gets the party started.