Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road. You’ll be the person to set the vision and direction for everyone. At the same time, you’ll be busy getting investors to believe in your dream, ensuring operations doesn’t fall apart and maintaining company morale. Does that sound like a lot of work? Well, that’s a simple summary of 1/10 of what startup leaders go through every day!
Hence, having the right team to support your early-stage company is crucial. Every single effort by any person in a startup matters.
Here's an interview I did with Jose He, Chief Performance Office of Bountie Technologies, on his experience in recruiting talents.
Do you think it's important to find the 'right' team?
Having the right team ultimately make or break the company. Like a marriage, for a start, take anyone on board slowly, with a proper trial period and vesting. Having the right co-founders can make or break your startup. And, if the relationship fails, let it fail fast & move forward. Keep searching, don't settle easily.
What if someone wants to be a solopreneur? Do you think that'll work?
It depends on your business model. I always believe that if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go as a team. There's a phrase 'No man is an island' which means that no man, and no woman, can accomplish anything alone and needs other people to be complete and that individualism can only be viable up to a point.
Where do you go to find talent?
There are a lot of ways to find talented individuals. Here are a few that I've used previously.
Founders “Tinder” apps - Yes, this exists! There are online matching platforms that are created for one reason - MATCH like-minded entrepreneurs together! Most of these apps are free anyway. Some of these social networking apps are Founder2be & FounderDating.
Your existing network - People you already knew or worked with are more likely to trust you as compared to strangers. They'll be more willing to help your business out.
Startup forums and events - Go check out at Peatix, Eventbrite & Meetup for networking/startup/entrepreneurship events. You should be able at least find one related activity every week. There are a lot of individuals who have similar mindsets and work ethics.
Job portals - Job portals are the most underrated place to find co-founders. While most people looking at job boards are looking for a real salary, it is equally true that most startups do not post co-founder “jobs” at these places. That’s why when you do, you easily stand out. It did work out well for me.
Schools - Many polytechnics & universities now have entrepreneurial associated programs. If you’re looking for a technical co-founder, it will be useful to contact the school program director. They might be fresh out of school but don't underestimate their skills.
Other tips on finding talents?
There is no million dollar idea, only million dollar execution. The team is more important than its idea. However, it's the leader that leads the entire team that matters most.
Bountie Technologies is a gaming technology company based in Singapore that is creating a platform for gamers in Asia to make a living while playing their favourite games. You can follow Bountie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Athirah Syamimi is a personal development enthusiast and entrepreneur. Having trouble finding her niche, Athirah reverts to her purpose - to help people turn their dreams into a reality. Hence, creating EntrepWorld. Recently started getting involved in cryptocurrency and blockchain.