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Avoid Potholes

In one of my previous posts, I talked about how important it is to vet your partners to make sure there are no skeletons in their closets that can jump out and scare the momentum out of you.  But what if your partner is your best friend since pre-k and you know everything about each other?  And yes, he is a little spacy but you want to bring him along on this adventure because he makes you laugh and it would hurt his feelings if he thought you didn’t want him to be part of your business.

When you are creating your team, you need to remember that you are not starting a high school club.  You are selecting the caretakers for your dream.  In the same way that you would choose someone to  care of your child, you want competence, knowledge and caring in someone who shares your vision,  not just of how things should turn out but what should happen along the way.  At the same time, as Paul Graham says you shouldn’t “start a company with someone you dislike because they have some skill you need and you worry you won’t find anyone else.”

There is no formula for how to do this.   Take your time, remembering that building the team is the most important step in starting your business. And while having to lose a teammate down the road will not kill your business, it is a messy distraction that you do not need.

jim
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