A team of one is a team of none
Answered => “Startups: Why do I need a full-time team?” on Quora.
=> My answer…
In theory, you don’t. What you need are people who are fully committed to your cause. Keep in mind that for the majority of resources fully committed equates to employment. That is, commitment is a two-way street.
That said, put yourself in the shoes of potential investors:
- If you’re a team of one and you fall ill or get hit by a bus, then what?
- If / when your product grows you WILL need team. Certainly you’re not expecting to scale into something awesome on your back alone.
- Leadership and management skill are not the same as firing up an AWS instance. They take time to develop and grow – just like your product. Starting sooner is better than starting later.
- Your commitment to others (read: team) also reflects your commitment to your own cause. If you have no team (to fire) you can at any moment pick up and leave. What investor wants to have that hanging over them. (Yes, of course it’s not that simple. None the less investors want to see commitment.)
Perhaps you can split the difference? Find one of two key team members, even if they are part-time. Then seed the rest with pay-as-you-go freelancers, etc.
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