Full Stack Operator

Geoffrey Weg
Jun 9, 2015 · 1 min read

Sound strategy and effective execution are critical as companies develop. Unknowns and an urgency for progress require it.

Great startups meet these demands by having a key player on the team: a full stack operator. A full stack operator is someone who can execute across non-technical disciplines, from conception through implementation.

  • They advance the startup’s substance, making an impact through strategy, UI/UX, marketing, community, policy, business development, and other non-technical disciplines.
  • They deeply understand the company’s mission, allowing them to execute with little direction.
  • They are thoughtful and perceptive, providing them with a holistic execution approach.
  • They are bold, creative and tasteful, enabling them to produce ambitious and respected work.
  • They have executional range, making them adept at spearheading business functions and strategic initiatives one day, and crafting copy and support emails the next.
  • And they have competence and good judgment, permitting teammates to trust them and grant them autonomy.

Full stack operators are as vital to a startup’s success as their developer counterparts. Make sure you have one.


Thanks to @l1ad and @ebellity for their comments.

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