Hiring Executives: If Youâ€™ve Never Done the Job, How Do You Hire Somebody Good? // ben's blog
Christina Wodtke stashed this in Startups
Great advice on hiring outside of your discipline, something we all have to do as CEO's or general managers.
This advice isn't very useful until a company is venture backed.
I'd like to know why you say so. I found many of the questions and advice good for getting one's head straight if you have to evaluate someone.
Because before a startup is venture backed it cannot afford executives.
It can barely afford to pay the engineers who are building the product.
Executives come much later, after there is enough product-market fit to justify investing millions of dollars into the company.
Ben Horowitz's questions are much too heavyweight for seed-stage employees -- or even "A"-round employees.
Pinterest post-"C" round, maybe. But it took them several years to get there.