Ideas Are Cheap

wealthymattersFollowing is an excellent answer from Quora, to a person’s question of how he can get on board developers cheap for his start up. In a sense this answer applies to all workers you want to join your start-up. The following logic is something I find many inexperienced, would-be entrepreneurs refuse to see.

“I am sure that you are sincere, well-meaning, and smart. But this is about the eight-millionth time I’ve heard from somebody who thinks that having an idea makes you somehow so interesting to professional developers that they will swoon for you. The first million times that was perfectly fine, but at this point the question just makes me stabby.

A good software developer is one of the most in-demand skill sets on the planet right now. And note that what you need isn’t talent, which any 12-year-old can have. What you need is skill, which is what you get when you start with talent and add years of hard work.

Anybody who has put in those years of work can do basically what they want. They could:

  • Take an interesting, pleasant, high-paying job at a place like Google with great toys, great chefs, and great job security;
  • Find a cushy telecommuting gig, where they do something undemanding from the comfort of their home office;
  • Find some interesting job that takes them to any country they want to visit;
  • Take a high-pressure job in finance to make stupid sums of money;
  • Join an existing startup that has funding and a nice office and a foosball table; or
  • Found their own start-up.

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