VF Post Recap: #10
What's keeping me up at night - Team
I’m skipping a few of the original Vulnerable Founder posts because I posted content about things that are no longer relevant at the time. I’m skipping ahead to what was post #13 at the time.
Since writing the original post, I’ve brought a friend back from our original four, and my wife has stepped back from being the tech co-founder, which has always been what she wanted. I will save that topic for another time.
Over the months, it has been interesting to listen to different people speak about adding members to your team, but there’s one particular point that I thought was most insightful. Startups should grow only after the initial team builds something and discovers some traction, otherwise it’ll end up being a distraction and an unnecessary cost.
We still have a ways to go to get to that point, but we have the right balance of skills with our small team, so it’s up to us to discover, build, and test it with our earliest users and customers. At the same time, it will be very important who we choose to join us as the earliest team helps to codify the culture of your company, so we will try to discover that culture with our existing team and grow when we are ready to grow.
It's getting late, but HR is on my mind. Well, not exactly since we are just a team of two people. We have been able to accomplish so much on our own, but if we had another person or two working with us, we could accomplish so much more. Or at least I'd like to think so. Yeah, we would.
We started our company with four cofounders, but chose to dissolve that team as we ended up deciding to scrap the idea we had been working on. Fortunately for me, I was able to retain a tech cofounder since she's married to me and is in a position where she really needs me to get things going with Pivvt!
There are a number of things on the horizon, especially as we focus at this stage to bring in customers. The more people that use our app, the more holes they will poke in it, and the more features they will demand. As mentioned in the last episode of the podcast, if we are able to secure a spot in one of the top accelerators, we would benefit by having another developer or two to help us grow faster.
I have worked in software for a number of years now, but most of my friends are fairly risk intolerant, so it has been hard to get someone to bite. You really need someone to trust in the vision, and someone that can be as excited and motivated to push forward with you, especially when you don't have the funds to pay salaries quite yet.
We are fortunate to be able to handle the needs of our business up until this point in time, but finding the right person has definitely been on my mind and is keeping me up at night.
Vulnerable Founder was the name of a blog (and podcast) that I put together while working on our first idea for digital content creators, from December 2020 through March 2021. We decided to shut down our old app, so I’m bringing highlighted posts from that blog here to our new one on Substack with short updates on the same topic.