Who Should a Startup Hire First?
Roy Bahat

This definitely rings true for me. I’m good at a lot of things but not great at many. I founded a company and coded the MVP for the product myself. The code was not very good, but my first hire was a very talented engineer who fixed it (mostly by re-writing it). As we grew, I knew how to engage with engineering because I had written the prototype.

This pattern repeated itself with marketing, then sales, then customer account management. Each time I hired someone better than myself after getting good enough to understand the role first. When we got big enough to where I felt out of my element leading the team, I hired a CEO and made myself President. I retained majority ownership, but he was much better at the top job than I was and ultimately led the company to a successful exit.

By the time we were acquired the rest of our team was in specialized roles, but I was still a free agent working on the projects where I felt I could make the biggest impact.

As a side note, this approach aligned quite well with my ADD. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that many entrepreneurs have that diagnosis.

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