Dažnai girdžiu:„Kur rasti gerų developerių?“
Jeigu taip ieškosite, tikriausiai nerasite. Neužteks nei hipsteriško ofiso, nei kavos, nei game of thrones ir star wars memų darbo skelbimuose. Nes tikrai geri žmonės neatsiranda čia ir dabar. O kas mestų darbą rytoj? Bet galiu pasakyti ko nepadarėte prieš pusę metų.
Nekomunikavote apie technines problemas. Matote, mes programuotojai, ne visi norime pakeisti pasaulį. Daugumai iš mūsų įdomu kaip spręsti problemas, scalinti, refactorinti, pritaikyti naujausias technologijas. Būtent dėl to dauguma kompanijų rašo techninius blogus.
Neivestavote į ateitį be atlygio. Tos kompanijos, kurios turi ilgalaikę perspektyvą, investuoją į jaunimą. Pvz. Vinted ne tik organizuoja techlead meetupus, bet ir remia Lietuvos moksleivių informatikos olimpiadas. Tad, nors didelė dalis moksleivių už 3 - 5 metu dirbs Google, kai kurie - galbūt Vinted. Didžiosios technologijų kompanijos remia įvairias konferencijas, dauguma atvejų net nereikia paminėti kas 5 minutes, kad jie nupirko gėrimus ir traškučius.
Neiškomunikavote, ko ieškote. Sakyti, kad ieškote programuotojų yra taip netikslu kaip sakyti, kad optika ieško daktaro. Šioje profesijoje poreikis specializuotis vis stiprėja.
Justas from Qoorio asks:
“How does the life of a founder differ from an engineer’s life?”
Given that my role was highly specialized at Facebook, I would say the biggest change is the range of responsibilities: as a founder you need to to wear multiple hats - coder, sales rep, content writer, recruiter. It is sometimes tricky to prioritize on what things will actually move a needle. My first focus is helping clients, improving product and collecting customer feedback.
One other practical aspect is motivation. At Facebook, It was healthy mix of internal and external motivation, such as salary. As a startup founder, you are mostly accountable to yourself for your decisions and results, while the rocket growth phase usually does not come in first few years of startup. Thus you need to find your way to feel motivated: whether its celebrating milestones, appreciating positive feedback from customers, inspirational podcasts or smth else - whatever works for you.
Finally, after getting used to cozy comfortable life at Facebook with all benefits, now I am back to making down to earth decisions - what do I eat today (no Facebook cafeteria)? Where is the closest gym? Where do I pay my phone utility bill? Can I drop off my laundry and pick up tomorrow? These small things add up and take my time, and I didn’t appreciate enough when I had this taken care of.
Small market: curse or opportunity?
In my opinion, frequent mistake for founders is aim for very big market immediately. While prominent tech figures champion approach "go big or fail", I argue that each startup has some growth stages which it needs to complete before it can proceed to the another step.
Your goal should be to become monopoly, as otherwise it is a very tough space to be as startup and become 10x better than other existing solutions. Therefore, initially you should define your market as narrow as possible - the strategy which may sound counterintuitive.
For example, our product CityNow.org - real estate map - quickly became a leading platform to find new construction home in Vilnius. The market is restrained, since 30% of transactions are in new primary market (new construction) and 80% in Lithuanian sales in its capital, Vilnius. Such strategy allowed us to win and we can now expand to other markets.
So many startups tried to compete with major listing real estate portal and failed, since they were doing exactly the same thing for same large market.
When you are a monopoly, good things start to happen - word of mouth, referals, negotiating and pricing power. My advice to all other founders would be to redefine and narrow your market until you become a monopoly and stay here as long as possible. Good luck :)
Passion, commitment and stamina.
I am always open to meet new talents who I may ultimately want to see working with me. But often i fail to see these traits: desire to succeed and willingness to do whatever it takes to solve particular problem. For me, this is very important aspect to be in startup and may be dealbreaker to become a team member.
For example, few people i met talk about doing multiple “projects” at the same time. I just dont think how it works in startup world - to begin with, how can you communicate to others that the problem you are trying to solve is most important for you at this time, if tomorrow you will talk about another problem?
Others talk about attracted investment deals, startups they sold as an ultimate goal and success metric. I care more about this: did you create value with your last venture abd solved some problem nobody solved well before?