Entrepreneur Corner: Attracting board members and learning from SEALs

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Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner.

How to hire a superstar engineer for your startup – Some startups outsource computer engineering in the early days, but later find themselves in a position where the position needs to come in house. Attorney Scott Edward Walker offers advice on how to find one – and legal issues you’ll need to keep in mind as you do so.

9 ways to attract world-class board members – A strong board of directors can be the difference between success and failure for some startups. Unity Stoakes, Co-Founder and President of OrganizedWisdom.com, offers advice on the best way to assemble an all-star team.

What can entrepreneurs learn from the Navy SEALs? – Jeff Bussgang, General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, relays thoughts from a former Navy SEAL, turned entrepreneur on the important lessons start-up owners can take from one of the toughest branches of the military.

Even start-ups need a COO – Start-up owners may feel their company is too small for a chief operating officer – or may feel that hiring one is an admission of failure on their part. Firas Raouf, a partner with OpenView Partners, however, argues that bringing one on early is often the smartest thing a growing company can do.

Lean startups vs. fat startups – Is the lean startup movement about speed or cash? While Eric Ries might argue the former, venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur Mark Suster says a better definition is one that’s tied to size and funding levels.

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