…ison: The biggest thing for us was being ok with taking a really long time to hire great people. It took us 6 months to hire the first 2 people at Stripe. The next 6 months after that we hired 3–4 people. We did week-long trials with many people and many people didn’t want to join after that.
…le working for us” — the downside of this is very high burn, more organizational inertia, people thinking about career trajectories, etc. These things are important, but only necessary when you are ready to scale — you don’t need them when you aren’t ready to scale.