Hire people who annoy you

If you build a team that looks alike, thinks alike, and wears the same shoes, you will get group-think and generate only one answer. You then have to hope it’s the right one.

3 tips to keep in mind when hiring for your startup

When you’re the leader of a startup, deciding it’s time to hire brings on mixed emotions. On the one hand, hiring new employees means new talent and fresh ideas, and it’s perhaps the most visible sign of success, or at least traction, for your company. On the other, it means ceding a bit more control, which can be difficult, to say the least.

Converting interns to hires has big payoffs

Hiring incredible talent, notably engineers, has become a crushingly hard challenge for most startup founders. While hiring seems like a good problem (you’re growing), try searching for a new Ruby engineer for six months, while your traffic takes off, feedback emails flood in, and product development grinds to a halt.

Punching above your weight: Tips for small startups taking on the big guys

Boxing, mixed martial arts and wrestling employ weight classes to ensure the competition is fair and you’re tested on skill, not size. In business, weight classes don’t exist, so if your company is a young, skinny 95-pounder, while your industry is filled with 300lb giants, you’re going to need to tighten up your laces and punch way above your weight. If you want to survive these mis-matched fights in today’s saturated marketplace, you need to get comfortable.