How to hire first members of your startup team?


by: Jani Bolkvadze
Published on 18 / 02 / 2018
In Startups

You’ve got an idea that you believe is going to work. But you won’t be able to realize it alone. What about the team? Hiring your first employees is a huge step and challenge for your startup.

Hire agile-minded people

Your original idea and goal may stay the same but approaches can change even within the first year of your startup. Things are going to change fast and so should your team. But obviously, you can’t hire and fire people every 2 months. Try to hire people with a diverse set of skills and agile mind, who can adapt quickly to new challenges and tasks.

Now developer in 5 years CTO

If your startup succeeds your team will grow. Ideally, members of your original team will become heads of departments, divisions, project managers etc. Many things depend on your original team. They work on concepts that define the main course of your company. Hire passionate and ambitious people desiring to grow, who really believe in your product.

Hire potential or experience?

Jack ma said: “When Alibaba raised the first 5,000,000 $ we hired 10 excellent vice presidents from many multinational companies. One of the guys who was a vice president of marketing of a big company gave us a plan of 12,000,000 $ for the next year. I said: Hey, we only have 5,000,000 $ how could you give me a plan of 12,000,000 $ just for marketing? He said: Jack, I have never made any plan below 20,000,000 $. So hire the right people, not necessarily the best people ".

Mark Zuckerberg said that people with no experience have fresh vision, they adapt and learn way quicker than professionals with big experience: “The best people I’ve hired so far have been people who didn’t really have that much engineering experience. But really smart, really willing to go at it”.

On the other hand, some CEOs say they would rather pay more to hire an experienced person than a smart young person who has never done the job before. According to them, hiring employees with less experience is a kind of experiment and experiments cost more.


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