Time to start recruiting
November 2, 2010
Try as you will, you can’t escape the startup roller-coaster. September was an awesome month, bringing new connections to other entrepreneurs and some positive and negative feedback about the business from brewers. It started in Bloomington, IN where I was blown away by the amazing people in the startup community, hit a speed bump when I got into a car accident in Denver, and then concluded with a paradigm shifting experience right here in KC. However, right around the corner, October was preparing to test my dedication to Mashtun. I had a trip for my day job that left me feeling more underwhelmed than ever about my future in the company followed by news no founder wants to hear. My co-founder and friend of many years has decided to part ways with Mashtun before we take the next step. It left me with lots of mixed emotions. I am glad that I know him well enough and that we are both strong enough people that he wouldn’t lead me on knowing he won’t be able to ramp up as I continue to dedicate more and more of my life to the future of this venture. However, I am obviously upset that I am losing a top quality individual and someone that knows how to beat me in a debate. I think it is valuable to have someone that can disarm you, especially when you like to debate and argue like me.
That said, I have done a little bit of soul searching and decided that I still want to do this. I still believe in the mission. It is an important challenge and has many high obstacles, but there are many rewards if we are able to find a way to liberate craft beer consumers and grant them the freedom to choose their products without restriction. I have taken to describing myself as 75% hustler and 25% hacker (100% crazy), and I am prepared to take up some slack in the hacking department to try and build the product. However, I have a very acute appreciation for the fact that I will run into severe time constraints and need someone else before long. To that end, I am beginning my search for a new technical co-founder now so that I have plenty of time to get to know them and vice versa. I don’t want to be in the position later where I don’t know someone well enough but I am forced to take someone because of the situation.
So, if you know someone that might be interested in joining up, I would appreciate the introduction. I strongly believe in finding good balance in all teams, so I am listing some things about myself that you might not know.
- I am the 75% guy. I need people that are better at following things through.
- I am vision builder and tend to be abstract, but my engineering discipline taught me how to handle details.
- I encourage alternate opinions, but I argue hard for my position when I feel enough information has been presented to make a conclusion.
- I hate passive aggressive people.
- I love beer (duh?)
- I am passionate about building the right culture.
- If I don’t know enough about a subject, I will research it until I can speak and act with confidence.
- I am intense. I wear my heart on my sleeve.
- This is an evenings and weekend gig for me at the moment.
- I am an open person. If you ask me a question, chances are I will answer it. I don’t believe in half-truths or white lies.
In a perfect world, I would prefer to spend a little bit of time chatting with people. At some point, I might ask them to make some small contributions or demonstrations of their ability, and I would expect that they would ask the same of me. Over the course of the next several months, this will hopefully present the person to work with next.