The Team

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

A great team is a necessary and insufficient condition. The absence of it will kill the product.


Team up with people

a. you’ve known for a long time, and/or

b. you’ve built something unusual together

Pick your team very carefully. Hire slow. Fire fast.

Best product teams start with 2–3 core people.

“When there is doubt, there is no doubt.” Max Levchin

Founders that are hard to talk to are almost always bad. Communication is a very important skill for founders—in fact, I think this is the most important rarely-discussed founder skill.

Skill set

Pick aptitude over experience/expertise.

Pick these skills first: Hacker Hustler Designer Architect

4 skills in 2 people is the ideal.

Hacker builds. Hustler gets resources. Designer defines taste. Architect defines components.

Pick a single Team Lead to make the final call

do, don’t try

do one thing at a time

do the simplest thing that can possibly work

do the fruitful few that yields most

do other than same things for different result

keep doing

do one thing well

No great company I know of started doing multiple things at once—they start with a lot of conviction about one thing, and see it all the way through. You can do far fewer things than you think.

August 27, 2018