When startups hire, it’s often for a job that needed to be filled yesterday. Products needs to be built and sales need to be closed.
Common at the early stages is a hiring strategy revolving around the founders’ and early team’s first-degree network. This is not necessarily an intentional strategy but a reaction to dozens of other priorities in an effort to optimize the process. Founders think: “I need people. I have a lot to do. Who do I know? How can I spend as little time on this as possible and achieve the outcomes I need?”