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Startupmentals: The Art of Startup Hiring and Firing

Startupmentals: The Art of Startup Hiring and FiringThere is a consensus among many entrepreneurs when it comes to startup hiring practices: Hire slowly and fire quickly. I am not sure this is good enough if you want to increase the speed of your startup. When you’re a startup, unless the startup already has a “halo effect1” surrounding it, you don’t have the luxury of hiring slowly and firing quickly. With market odds against you, thanks to the physics of the power law2, you have to move as quickly as the wind.

From my perspective, you should hire quickly and fire even quicker. When you hire quickly and fire quicker, you can move forward faster because even if the person your hired quickly didn’t work out, at least you found out quickly.

"From my perspective, you should hire quickly and fire even quicker."

Just think about it—you could have spent a lot of time deciding which person to hire for your awesome startup, only to find out you have to fire them quickly because they're not cut out to do the job for your startup.

1. Startup Halo Effect: When a startup is formed and founded by famous entrepreneurs, funded by prominent angles and venture capital firms, or both.

2. Power Law: I discuss the physics behind power law in my book Entrepreneur Myths: The Startup Reality, and the odds against an entrepreneur building a super hit startup.

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Damir Perge, author of Entrepreneur Myths: The Startup Reality, is the founder of entrepreneurdex, a startup studio using complexity science to fund, launch, accelerate and scale startups and growing businesses.

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Comment by Mira Paige on May 17, 2013 at 4:14pm

It took me awhile to understand the advice you were trying to give. Now I understand, what's the point of wasting your time interviewing when you can just hire as fast a group of people. Then you know what type of employee you're looking for without the hassle of taking too much time.

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