I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. My rationale is simple: everything goes wrong and only great teams can respond to competitors, markets, funding environments, staff departures, PR disasters and the like.
- figure out roles
- measure performance / quality of team
- identify gaps
- debate the right structure
and so forth.
There are no “right” answers – just opinions. And the folks at Startup Grind have been kind enough to invite me to present this morning in Mountain View on the topic.
Attached are my slides. It is sometimes hard to get the full context from a conference presentation although I work hard to make sure my story comes across without narration.
But for the deeper dive I have included blog posts on the topics in which I have written fuller posts.
I’d love to hear your view on the presentation. What you agree / disagree with. And what your views / tips for early-stage startup teams are.
(Cross-posted @ Both Sides of the Table)