When scaling is vital, finding the right startup team members is critical to your success – here’s how to ensure you have the right team at the right time, what you really need at every startup phase and how to supplement so you can keep growing
In winner-takes-all industries, moving too slowly can be fatal. Mckinsey showed in its report Grow Fast or Die Slow that startups who maintain a 60% growth rate are 8 times more likely to reach $1 billion than those who just manage 20%. Hence VCs often make decisions based on growth ability, not long-tail profitability.
That’s doubly true in Tech where most products hinge on the “network effect” – your product gains value the more people use it; like Google, Twitter or the likes of SA startups OfferZen and FinMeUp.
The challenge is getting the right startup team members when you need them.
As we saw in our post on outsourcing and insourcing, it’s time-consuming and costly to hire an internal team, which is why you likely need to supplement near-constantly with external professionals.
But before you even get to that, it’s vital to have an idea of what kind of startup team you’ll need at every stage of growth…
Different startups, ideas and products will have different needs, but in general, we can almost always group Tech startup team skills and capabilities into 3 main categories:
Your startup team always needs the right mix of these core skills, just at varying degrees at different startup stages.
Again, different businesses need unique solutions, but, in general, this type of mix works well in Tech…
As you can see, assembling the right startup team goes way beyond just building a development team. And then you have one particular challenge many established companies don’t face – you need people with startup experience.
Let’s just face the facts right now: in the process of building your startup, you’re probably going to get a lot of applicants with no startup experience. And they’re going to tell you they are up for it, but how can you really know?
Working at a startup requires a level of dedication, responsibility, and both individual and team effort you usually don’t find at an established business.
Not to mention the constantly changing environment. US entrepreneur-mentor Steve Blanks famously said a startup is “a temporary organisation looking for a repeatable business model”. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to want to/need to pivot at some point, and the ideal team in that environment is people who love change – i.e. people who love working at startups.
We at Specno know it because we’ve been around the block a few times…
Yes, we are a software development agency, but we invest heavily in developing our startup ecosystems. Specno has worked with over 100+ startups, like:
To name but a few.
And we work closely with 200+ Tech investors, offering specialist services just for startups.
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