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How do you avoid hiring the wrong people for your start up?

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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Focus on why they are looking to join a "start-up." I have worked for a few start-ups. It is great, but you need to have the skills to do everything from investor relations, customer relationship development, and ordering pens and papers. Everyone will say they are a "roll-up the sleaves person," but few are. Turn-over is disruptive, especially for a start-up. Focus on the personality.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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You also need to find people who are truly motivated by the mission statement of the business. The excitement, the ability to be part of an entity that will [ultimately] morph into a industry leader.

That's getting harder and harder to find as the flip side are low salaries and long hours. Also overly idealistic individuals burn out faster; since expectation and realities never really meet.


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