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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  • Rob Go
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    You know the idea that capital constraints force good discipline and focus? Yeah… seems like @SlackHQ just took a big crap on that.
  • Rob Go
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    @hunterwalk I agree with your second point. And I would have agreed overall at 1/3 the capital raised
  • Rob Go
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    looks like sunrise won before Amy was even able to respond
  • Rob Go
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    For the first time, my super secret Sunrise scheduler is battling Amy Ingram. Will be an interesting death match.

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