Speaking of intelligence, the candidate’s intelligence should frighten you. Of all the aphorisms about hiring, the one about only hiring people who are smarter than you could not be more true. Every interaction with this person should make you think to yourself:
So I cannot overemphasize the importance of a strong design bench: products live and die by it. Oftentimes companies attempt to wing it with one or two junior designers and that path leads to certain doom. With a strong design cohort, products — including those which are exclusively b2b — become worthy of being beloved by their users.
… sector. Many do so with the expectations of potential exponential outcomes. Many also believe that we are at the beginnings of a whole new investment paradigm, which is why it’s good to remember no one is really an expert yet, and it’s best look for those who are thoughtful instead. We may find that wisdom we draw from traditional venture may only be slightly applicable, but I th…
…stantly and obsessively looking out for these. Long term investors also have to ask questions like “Do I think the entrepreneurial team can iterate on their adoption hypothesis using real world signals” rather than “Can I accurately predict the future”.