How to find the right team for a startup?
Finding a right team for my startup venture has been the biggest challenge for me. How can I overcome this?? If I have fewer contacts, like-minded friends and peers
Honestly, it depends on the nature of the startup business you want to engage in and the specifics of the product you want to develop.
Focus on finding the right communities and networks and sign up for freelancer sites. There you can make some contacts and outsource some of your work tasks. Additionally, you can browse for the right forums and chat rooms; Telegraph channels offer very solid leads and information on particular topics.
Thanks for posing this question Shakti. Many forget that the right team is a critical component for a successful startup. It is a difficult task in that the skills required for a startup may not be the skills you need for the long run. That being said, the team may have to change. Most would simply accept that as fact/fate and move on but in my opinion, it is well worth the effort to choose team members and their skllls for the startup and for the long run. This is a much more rigerous approach since you may be enamored that someone can really help you now but they may not be able to help you later. Several dynamics must be explored:
1. Current business requirement and requirements 1-2 years out
2. Fitting the skill of a team member into the requirements of #1
3. Cross leveling those skills between team members....the job they do today may not be the job they do tomorrow and it would be really good for them to know that up front.
4. Ability of team members to work together...ego must be number 3 or lower in priority
I recommend listing skills, team members/applicants and drawing the lines based on their statements of experience. Verify it via interview and background check and hire the best fit. You will not find a perfect fit but you will find best fits. As for your cousin, brother, sister, etc..... let someone else interview and decide based on you statements of need. Quite honestly, I have seen a number of failures due to the family involvement yet without the requisite skills. I hope that this is helpful and feel free to contact me if you would like to further discuss, in detail, building the right team. Good luck
I would suggest joining some forums, get to see where and how post the info you are interested in. Get to know your local coffee houses regulars, the sit and use the WIFI and work away, they must also have opinions on suggested personnel. Particularly near college campuses. There are work related sites available, referencing forums again. Professional companies and amateur sites can give you some perspective as well. ffiver.com and like sites as well have individuals who make a living doing SEO projects.
From my personal experience with start-ups I would like to share some insights.
The most important thing is to share the same vision with you about the new venture. This is very important because you will need commitment and alignment in order to overcome the first "challenging" period.
If you are not aligned you will waste time, money and a lot of energy that you will miss from the business during this crucial period.
Be clear about the idea, the business plan, the outcome and expected revenue. People buy an idea but dont sign off until they feel safe about the expected outcome. Besides that, they need to know and also be inspired by creating a more clear picture of the whole project.
Reach out for people that you dont know well but feel that they have the same interests, are in the same field and could find an interesting opportunity in what you are about to launch. In the process check with them that they agree on every detail in your plan and also check your level of mutual understanding and communication in order to prevent problems that will appear in the future.
These are the 3 main points to consider. I hope that helps.
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Depending on what type of team you are refering to you should surround yourself with individuals that have different skill sets other then yours,(i.e. accountant, attorney, PR, marketing) These individuals will bring resources and information that will enable you to be able to put together a business plan or let you know how strong your business model is. You should also consider joining your local chamber of commerce or meetup.com. These are great ways to meet other like minded people. Good Luck!!!
- Networking : yes
- Business clubs
- Self-employed people in your area of specialization. Especially in sales but this excepted if your products are too specific in technology. Why ? Because therefore the training you might be obliged to give is more then considered as an investment!
- In your competitors teams? Sometimes some people are looking for something else, more challenging, especially if they are not satisfied in their current job !
Good day Executive Professional (Mr. Shakti Abhishek): How to find the "right team" for a start-up? Many factors taken into consideration: 1. Advertise online, in your social media. 2. Focus product knowledge and experience. 3. Focus on Character then Talent, Values, Passion and Past Achievements. Look into the Business profile of the type of your "right team" you need/want i.e. your type of business. Your are at the right media - MosaicHUB is a great start and well positioned than LinkedIn or any other social media. Let us know in which direction, trade you are in, to assist you better.
I did not see what others have posted. But, I saw your profile and work experience. What I am going to recommend MAY hurt you, but I can't help.
The main reason you're not getting the "right team" or you may not find one is YOU.
See your profile AGAIN.
Who you are: .....Literally a SUPERBOY
Serial Entrepreneur, Manager, Leader, Ideator, Mentor, Motivational Speaker, Marketing Maniac, Tech Seller, Passionate Explorer, Quick Learner, Innovator, Word Freak, Business Customer, Workaholic, Linguist, Dream walker, Experiencing Failure.
Your Age : .....I guess, 22 - 24. Very fresh from college.Just look at your skill sets and who you are again.
Your Skill sets: .....with close to 45 skills, literally you KNOW EVERYTHING at this young age. On an average, you have acquired 2 skills right from age 1.
automation business development business planning business process improvement business strategy campus placement career counseling crm customer satisfaction educational workshops embedded systems entrepreneurship entrepreneurship development erp event management freelancing graduate recruitment hands on training human resources instrumentation leadership development market making market planning marketing marketing communications marketing intelligence marketing strategy microcontrollers motivational speaking new business development operations management pcb design plc product marketing public speaking recruiting and hiring resume writing robotics scada sensors student counseling technical leadership technical marketing technological innovation
Your Work Experience : .....Practically ZERO. You have never worked more than 6 months in any company and you left the only company you worked blaming the team.
Your website : ....... Just one page and gives nothing about your achievements or justifying your claims. Will put the "possible team-mates" at suspicion and make them stay away from you.
My Advice for Your profile : .......This is my bitter pill, but may cure the disease.
#1. First be an intrapreneur before being an entrepreneur.
Click the link below
#2. Even when you start up after some years, try to do something in which you have 100%control of , i.e try to be "On Your Own (OYO)" or start a One Person Organization (OPO) only which does not require team work, for you seem to be a self-made person. For ex., as a consultant, teacher, artist, etc
Wish you a hard beginning, but happy ending.
When looking for y he right team, you have to ask yourself: 1) what kind of business venture you're interested in? 2) Are there talented people around that fit the bill of what you're looking for? 3) Could you trust them? Could they trust you? 4) Are you work in a business setting either this team?
You need to look at talent, but also, can the team meet the deadlines? Are they open to new expand the business when that time comes?
You can find a potential team if you go to business conferences, forums (online or inattention a location). Meet-up groups that get together once a week to hang out and discuss different business topics. Advertise on college websites because college students or recent graduates are always looking for opportunities.
The answer to you question is simple. Determine the roles you want to fill and then have the potential hires go throught the Teamability(TM) process of the Gabriel Institute. The process is a proven winner in determining if the potential hires will fill the role they are being assessed for or even more important it will determine the role theperson can fit into best and if that is on your list of needs then hire them for that role. If you would like to know more about the process and how to make it work to your advantage to get the right team check out their website and f you contact them mention my name as the one who introduced you to the program.
Finding people is easy, finding out what they can bring to the table is totally something else. If you want to know how a person thinks and can respond, it is as easy as putting the problem in front of him and ask him to solve it. I start with watching how long it takes for him to start his answer. That is a clear indication of his knowledge in the area and his mental faculties. Those that can think and come up with an empirical solution gets my attention.
It's definitely a challenge but as the head of your business, you must know the traits and skills necessary for success. Then you need to develop a list of questions that identify these skills and traits during your interviews and be consistent when interviewing which means sticking to your script. When I interviewed I described scenarios and asked candidates to tell me how they would address them. This gives you a lot of insight. And meet with potential candidates several times because certain characteristics take longer to be revealed. Past experience is helpful but I have found that just because someone was successful in prior jobs doesn't guarantee he or she will be successful with your firm.
1) jot down who all do you want in your team
2) jot down the required experience in your team for your product/service
3) what you are willing to give/share/pay to these folks whom you invite on board
There is no right or wrong time to start, provided you have a good idea and product and have studied the market and your business plans including your competition. Innovation and R@D play a vital role in deciding the times. Pradeep Berry
It's not so easy to find right members. What i suggest you is to analyse members through online. There were lots of source available like linkedin, mosaic hub, freelancer, etc.. Look at their skills, try to connect with them. Hope you can find the right person who meet up your startup :)
For a new business, you must be contact to professionals so for right team, you should be serach the consultant in your area with the respect of your business,present era is the era of professionals,....
Building on what was already mentioned, networking is critical. Connecting with local incubators/accelerators can be useful to touch base with/become a member of, especially if they create a collaborative environment. You never know what might come out of a discussion in an environment such as that. I'd also understand what your strengths/weaknesses are, and find members that can compliment those, as well as the other strengths/weaknesses of the other members.
Join Founder Institute, fi.co, (I am doing it now) and you will realize it is more than just "find the right team for a startup". They teach you the how.
When you are talking about your startup you are talking about ITCS? How many employees do you have now?
Right team means Right aspiration. If you can have people similar to your energies and conviction.. rest you can make your own way..