Startup founders are required by an unspoken law to repeat the mantra, “I only hire A-players”. The desire to find and employ the best talent is grounded in minimizing team risk and fostering the best environment for growth. The wrong team can destroy a startup’s fragile culture and slow the team down, which threatens the life of a startup.
No company should hire the wrong team willfully; however, like Moneyball, what matters is how your team interacts with each other and rather than the individual talent of each team member. Don’t hire A-players blinding but hire for your culture, the needs of your team, and the long-run health of your company.