Sunday, September 09, 2012

How to Build a Startup Team

It's hard enough to build a team in an office but when you're a startup company, with limited resources and time is of the essence, you have to be almost perfect in your hiring. So then the question is do you go with family, friends and former co-workers--having the thought holding over your head that you may not be able to keep them on board if things go poorly--or do you go with talented strangers knowing that your loyalty to them is not as strong (but also knowing that their bond is not as strong as well)? Well here is what Inc. says you need to do to build a start-up team.

You can’t do it all yourself, but resist the urge to hire friends unless those friends have skills in areas critical to your venture’s success that complement your own. I found that the most successful ventures do a great job of dividing up the work that must be done among the most talented people. And they create a culture that binds them all together to focus on shared goals. 
That last sentence about the "focus on shared goals" is something that every company should strive for and, in that way, these suggestions really could apply to any company. The goal is to find people who complement each other and create a culture where everyone in your company is rowing in the same direction. That's one of the best ways to guarantee success.

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