Somehow you have ended up in a technical leadership role and the first thing you need to do is build a team. Alternatively, you are looking to grow an existing one. But where the heck do you start?
This is a challenge I am facing in my current role as CTO of Higher, a SaaS start-up in Perth, Western Australia, where we are building a platform for digital freelancers to better manage their client relationships and projects.
I have also faced this issue a few times previously in my career, and it can be surprisingly nuanced based on the company, team, culture, economy, and locality in which you are situated. Having worked at large corporates and start-ups alike, I can honestly say that there are always new and interesting problems to get in your way. However, there are also repeated themes that, if handled in the right way, will lead you down a path of success. With that in mind, this article is an attempt to condense my experiences as a CTO/VP Engineering at start-ups, as a Senior Development Manager at Amazon, as an Engineering Manager at Betfair and Yahoo! UK, and overall simply as a hiring manager into something that somebody out there might find helpful.
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