Here are the qualifications you will surely require in your team:
The people you choose must
– Make you think smarter; and
– Put lots of solutions on the table in a short amount of time.
It does not matter who it is, the lady who prepares tea, the receptionist, the intern or one of your most trusted lieutenants:
If they can help you think smarter and are solution-based, they should be at the table.
You don’t want to be at a company where there is more openness and frankness in the corridors than in the rooms where fundamental ideas are being hashed out.
The biggest mistake an entrepreneur makes it to only work with people whom she gets along with, her fans, her friends, basically her yes-men and women.
The best inoculation against this failure?
Seek out people who are willing to level with you, and when you find them, hold them close.
Getting the team right is the necessary precursor to getting the ideas right.