While working on sales and raising funds; our engineers and designers usually get side jobs to hold them over. This is fine as they need to work and feed themselves. We want them to be our first hires and they do have a shares stake in the company.
The challenge is to get everyone together when success does strike. This has happened before, but the ramp up time of 1 month was just too long and we lost a client during the process with people scattered.
There is another opportunity on the horizon; I can't tell them to quit and come to me just yet - but we need a few weeks to prep. We meet one night a week to keep everyone up to date. They are excited and nervous and dedicated, but not willing to starve.
I know this happens a lot during fundraising. Can you entrepreneur veterans share some of your tactics for keeping people engaged over these times so they are ready to pounce and take action when needed?