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
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    RT @elonmusk: Hope we're not just the biological boot loader for digital superintelligence. Unfortunately, that is increasingly probable
  • David Beisel
     - 2 days ago
    Awesome set of companies at yesterday's Harvard iLab @innovationlab Demo Day: http://t.co/KB1vM1Usvm
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    RT @DanVuksanovich: Why I switched from AddThis to Shareaholic on my WordPress site - http://t.co/pCgx28zTsZ
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    At the @techstars Boston mentor dinner. Mentors are very very tan. Founders much less so :) http://t.co/wGTQTg3cXa

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