June 23, 2010 Leave a comment
A lot of people think that the key to a successful startup is a great idea.
Reality is, most startups iterate and change so much over time that the initial concept is drastically altered from its original vision.
What matters most is not the idea, but the people who have them.
Success comes from ongoing recognition of opportunity, circumvention of obstacles and unfailing perseverance.
Startup employees need similar enterprising characteristics as their founder; a readiness to take on challenges and an innate will to always find a way.
The trait to hire for is resourcefulness. Surround yourself with bright, passionate people who will creatively find solutions to problems.
If you’re looking for best hiring practices, I highly recommend Topgrading from Bradford Smart; I read it several years ago and really benefited from the tactical and actionable templates and theory. I think you’ll find it both helpful and easy to implement.