What sort of employees and land resources did you need?
Your first 10 hires should be from your own network or no more than one person removed from yourself. You have to be 100% sure of that core team.
If you have funding at the 10-person point, bring on a Talent Acquisition person who has the expertise in your area, and (very importantly) shares your vision in terms of the product/service AND your vision of the company. TA is a "guardian of culture" - they have to be 110% committed, or they will allow bad seeds to be sewn.
Never drop below 50% employee referrals. If you do, you have an indicator of lost vision, lost passion for the entire organization.
Sorry to go down a rabbit hole. g
As per Greg's response:
> Your first 10 hires should be from your own network or no more than one person removed from yourself.
This is why there's a lack of diversity in tech.
You can find resources pretty easily these days, via recruitment companies, outsource vendors, or via LinkedIn. The question should be who should you bring?
Based on my experience with Startup, your best chance is to bring people with relevant strength, which includes people who can deliver, those who know when to compromise and when they should not. These are very important aspects of an individual you need to looking for IMO.
Sometimes you bring great people with brilliant past experiences, but they don't have any experience of how to work in a fast-paced environment, which might be fatal for the whole company.