When the time comes for you invite people on the bus, you should be very deliberate about some things that may not be obvious. Being able to get along and collaborate are important, of course, and the time to start thinking about company culture is with the first employee.
But in the startup days, time is of the essence and it’s about getting to the market as quickly as possible. The people you bring on need to be aligned with that goal whether they are engineers, programmers, finance or marketing people. If they are good at what they do, grab them. They may irritate you but you need to surround yourself with smart people who are willing to disagree with the boss. That way, you will get the information you need to make good decisions.
Draw the line at fighting and insubordination but ask yourself this, if someone who is good at what they do takes issue with you or you find them irritating, figure out why. You may learn something about yourself.
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