Hiring the right people is critically important in a quickly growing startup. Each new hire can significantly change the company in a good or bad way. There is a saying that A players hire A players and B players hire C players and I am a big believer in only hiring leaders, future leaders and key contributors. B players hire grinders and losers. The difference between a grinder and a loser is work ethic, grinders have it, losers don’t, but neither have ambition. That being said, anyone can change, but don’t hire them until they do.
On a side note, knowing some of the great people at Infochimps, I can attest to the fact that Nick and Flip walk the walk when it comes to recruiting talent. They’ve put together one hell of a team that anyone would be proud to be a part of.
Take a couple of minutes to read Nick’s full post as well as the other pieces on his site, it’s good stuff.