Bloomberg's Roy Bahat: Who Should a Startup Hire First?

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Bloomberg's Roy Bahat: Who Should a Startup Hire First?

Avoid people whose skills complement yours! Consider the “cell division” approach instead.
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Avoid people whose skills complement yours! Consider the “cell division” approach instead.

Early hiring, yet another area where startups often reverse Muggle business logic. Conventional hiring wisdom says to add people who excel at important skills you lack. “I’m great at product and engineering. We need sales, though, so let’s hire a fantastic salesperson!”

It’s understandable. Founders start out doing everything. As you run out of time in your day, it’s natural to want relief. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring on a person who excels at the things you find unfamiliar? So you hire someone to do that new job — sales, marketing, community management, something. Magic!

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Keywords: Diversity & Inclusion | Bloomberg | HR | engineering | hiring | skills | start up | tech | venture capital | work

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CONTENT: Blog