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Bootstrapping a business

Hiring for a Single Founder Company

Hiring your first employee is hard. In a single founder company, the job is even harder because there are many complex issues that you need to juggle simultaneously, some of which aren't remotely related to evaluation of the person you're trying to hire. In this article, we're going to completely ignore how to evaluate a developers' technical abilities and focus on the business problems that are associated with hiring and some mistakes that you need to avoid.

The Single Founder Myth

My previous article, Startup Myths Debunked, seemed to attract quite a bit of attention in the developer community. In particular, people who left comments seemed to agree with "Myth#3: I need a partner". Paul Graham who is one of the more influential voices in the startup community recently wrote an article titled "The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups" and apparently thinks otherwise. Weighing in at mistake #1 on his list is "Single Founder".

How to bootstrap a consulting business

In my previous article, I received a question in response to "Myth #1: I need to get VC funding to make my company successful." I was asked to explain what it really takes to get a consulting company off the ground. How much money does it take to start a consulting company? How much constitutes a "little bit of money"? This is a great question, so let's start at the beginning.

Startups for the rest of us

Like thousands of other software developers, I have read the majority of Paul Graham's blog both past and present. He's a fantastic writer. He has great insights into software startups and building a startup software company. I even went to one of the Startup School presentations that he helped organize at Harvard last October, and you know what? I was sorely disappointed.

 

 

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