Start-ups and optimizing headcount
Consumed => “MBA Mondays: Optimal Headcount At Various Stages” by Fred Wilson on A VC.
=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)….
Quite a few of the comments thus far (this is comment #202) seem to suggest to err to the side of small, and only hire when absolutely necessary. Obviously, that makes perfect sense. That said, what is the rule of thumb for total team hours per week? Over how many weeks? In other words, 2, 3 or 4 people can be highly productive at (say) 70+ hours per week. But eventually – inspiring market conditions or not – that level of performance (?) could become counter-productive, yes?
Agreed. It’s going to vary from team to team and moment to moment. But much like this article, I’m curious about a rule of thumb or thumbs.