The Observation Deck

How to Build The Perfect Startup Team

The team members you begin a startup with are crucial – they can be the result of your company sinking or swimming (and it’s actually the third reason why most startups fail).

As the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman stated, “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

So if you’re starting up a new company, here’s how you can build the perfect startup team.

The Techie

The techie is a founder who can create and develop problem-solving technologies and systems your company needs. This person has the company’s back on everything and is ready to fix any issues and bui what is missing. Another name for the techie could be the developer – the basis for all that is the product.

The Artisan

The function of your product is huge, but the design is insanely important as well. With so many other startups popping up, your designer can make you stand out. Combining a designer’s point of view with the developer’s ideas can also really help the way your product is used and perceived by your users.The artisan helps connect the user to the product, making it a little more human, and leads us to our next teammate.

The People Person

This is the person who recognizes the human behind problems. The people person knows why these problems happen, how to fix them, and how to connect with the customer. He or she might be the business guru as well – reaching out to people, knowing how to communicate with them, and closing the deal.

The One Who’s All About the Bank

The person who manages finances is the person that can make your ideas tangible and hopefully keep them that way. Startups have to pay an extra amount of attention to spending since there are usually a lot of vulnerabilities, so having someone to solely focus on the numbers will make things go much smoother.

The Captain

This role does not necessarily equal higher pay or position, but a company needs someone to make the tough decisions and call the shots. Every team needs a leader of the pack – someone to look to for advice and guidance. The team captain has a lot of experience and knows how to manage people, as well as the curveballs that come his or her way.
At the end of the day, your team is your rock, your core. These roles can overlap amongst team members, but it is impossible for one person to embody and take them on – balancing and combining forces is essential. Snag these people for your team, and you’re off to a great start!

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