Getting a tech startup off the ground is an exhilarating time. In fact, many of the “firsts” in business tend to be exciting. Getting your first big idea, landing an investor and leasing a startup office space are all significant events. But hiring your first employees comes in at the top of the list in terms of excitement and importance. When that happens, you’re no longer just an entrepreneur—you’ve become an employer. The people you bring in at the ground level for your technology startup form the foundation that can make or break your business endeavor. After you identify the deliverables that need to be accomplished and the positions that need to be filled, here are three steps you’ll need to take to get this right.
Step 1 – Identify the Right Prospects
It may seem like a candidate with a work history at one of the largest technology firms in the world would be ideal for your startup. After all, they’ve got to be good if they worked at Apple AAPL -5.13% or Google GOOGL +4.2%. The fact is that these engineers may be very qualified to work at an established software company but that doesn’t mean they have what it takes to survive and thrive in a startup environment. There’s a huge difference between iterative improvement for an existing software platform or application and initial development at a startup. You need employees with drive and creativity who are willing to go the extra mile to make your startup successful. At the same time, you can’t afford to risk your company in the hands of employees who are fresh out of college and have little real-world practice. You’ll typically find the most effective technical professionals at other startups in your industry or firms that have recently reached the mid-sized category.
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