GenuineVC David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

October 12, 2007

Much is often said about the founders of a company, including on this blog. And they seem to receive a preponderance of the recognition for the ultimate success of an endeavor. Of course, it’s obvious that these individuals are vital to a startup. However, I think that the people often overlooked are those key first hires. Yes, the management team has a great affect on an organization, regardless of its size or stage. But the first individual- and team- contributors brought into an organization help set the tone for the culture in a profound way. One single strong and vibrant personality can energize the office. Someone’s quirkyness can add real character to the group. Those first five to ten non-management hires in a startup help set the tone for how things get done and how people behave while they’re doing it. Being an early hire at a startup gives an individual the ability to make tremendous impact on an organization as it grows – and both the founders and those hires should know it.

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  • Lee Hower
     - 10 hours ago
    not part of the cloud strategy I think MSFT should focus on, but an exciting move “Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft http://t.co/8PrgW935ZJ”
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @realkenmiller definitely Ken. I'll be out in SF again in late Sept and prob once in Oct too, will give you a ping
  • robgo
     - 3 days ago
    RT @bsiscovick: Interested in UI/UX/design? Come join our team as a Design Intern. Details here - https://t.co/Y2VHcK7Gxi RT pretty please;)
  • robgo
     - 3 days ago
    Every time I see the @UniqloUSA ad with @jjacobs22 I think, the poor guy can't see! Must have been a sunny day for a photoshoot

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