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How to hire your first engineer

Make a list of the best engineers you know, whether you think they’re available or not. Go through your Facebook and LinkedIn to jog your memory. Invite them to lunch or dinner with them to talk about your startup. Make the ask – would you consider joining us?. Whatever they answer, ask a follow up question – if you did join us, which engineers would you most want to hire?. Ask for an introduction to those people. Repeat 2 – 5 with each of the introductions. Repeat 1 – 6 ad infinitum, I know public company founders who still do this. Expect to be spending at least a third of your time on this alone.