Once, while interviewing, I asked a successful entrepreneur, what do you mean by startup? He answered me, “a startup is a ‘one man’ organization”. Then I asked him does it mean ‘a startup doesn’t need any team work’? He replied me, “In the very early stage of every venture it’s very tough to have identical-minded people driving towards one goal. It happens because every venture is initiated by an idea coming from a person, who primarily thinks about it, personally tries to get more precise information about it, talk with seniors/fellows about the idea, or disseminates the idea to his friends. If his peers get his accent then they bind into a team and start a venture. But, it is critical to disseminate the concrete idea to the all peers, most of the cases some peers can’t get the idea fully and after walking a significant way they quit it; or some peers try to add new aspects and ideas but the forerunner or other members can’t accommodate the ideas for one reason or another, then little conflicts appears which sometimes incline to shrink the team. By this way a startup’s team work goes on and most cases all the jobs, thinking, ideas become centralized by the forerunner-the One Man. Consequently, the startup is introduced through a person only. But, when some structured goals, objectives, activities, responsibilities or model raised up then a startup’s ‘team work’ goes diversely. But before this period, startups team work is most critical.”
Basically he shared, what I could get, is ‘though a startup got a small team but the team can’t work diversely for one reason or another, consequently it is controlled, run and introduced by a person alone’. But he didn’t shrink the necessity of having a team for startup. From his viewpoint we can assume ‘though a startup is centralized by a person, but it needs a team and the team should try its best to be more active, mutual and goal oriented and the forerunner or the entrepreneur should manage everything needed.’
What could be the startups initial team work?
What a startup team leader needs to do?
A startup’s forerunner should always be proactive and must understand the people working with him, must have motivation power to activate the team. Otherwise, all sorts of its initial could be done by him alone. Here are some points that a startup team leader should do: