What’s More Important: Idea or Team?

Understanding the Impact Your Team Has on Your Startup Journey

With all of my experience in the startup world, from owning, leading, and consulting, if I had to choose just one tip for an entrepreneur it would be this: focus on your team first, then your product.
In the fast-paced startup landscape, it would seem more expeditious to hire people quickly due to experience rather than personality. Let’s face it — it’s convenient to assess qualifications through a written resume. It’s arguably harder and more time consuming to interact with people and analyze their level of flexibility, execution, and commitment.
It is also common to put all your effort into your idea or product rather than your team. I would contend that this is fundamentally mistaken. What if you considered focusing on your team first and placing your product — as important as it may be — second?

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Gil Smolinski — Startup Advice — Your team is more important than your product
Gil Smolinski — Startup Advice — Your team is more important than your product

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Angel investor, entrepreneur, professional diver and passionate cook. My Medium blog in Russian: https://medium.com/@gilsmolinski/