Startups go through many phases as they morph from lean scrappy teams where everyone wears multiple hats, into more refined (hopefully well-funded) entities with specialized teams working together in a larger structure. As startups mature, there is often a time when the leadership and/or investors decide to bring in more experienced or “high-profile” hires to help the company move to the next level.
For employees who have been breaking their backs and pulling all-nighters from Day One, adjusting to the new dynamic can be a challenge. Victor Ho, the CEO of the startup FiveStars, has consistently recruited talent from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Sony to work along side his day-one staff. His SF-based company, which offers rewards programs for small businesses, now services 12,000 merchants and 17 million consumers. Ho shared his top tips for seamlessly integrating new talent with the old team to rev up growth while honoring the contribution of the startup team. The following in an excerpt of his interview with Forbes:
Read the article written by Kate Harrison in full here: Simple Tips For Successfully Integrating High Profile Hires Into Your Startup