Hiring

Don't hire too quickly

Story:
Many startups when they're growing, they're looking to solve their problems with more people onboard. And they end up hiring too many.
Seb waited until "his hair was on fire" to recruit new people, so that he doesn't hire someone who would be necessary only during a crisis.
Source:
Web3 Talks, Episode #26, Seb Audet, Co-Founder & CEO @ Zapper
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Provide an alternative to slow corporate culture

Story:
Great engineers want as little constraints as possible. They want to turn their ideas into code without being blocked by too many procedures and approvals.
So Zapper decided to bet on engineering-first culture, where they ship new products very fast. Sometimes even directly to production.
And although this attitude results in having more bugs than a more formal corporate process, it also results in more iterations and happy engineers who don't feel that their potential is being wasted. Which is very good for recruiting top talent.
Source:
Web3 Talks, Episode #26, Seb Audet, Co-Founder & CEO @ Zapper
Timestamped: YouTube, Spotify
Non Timestamped: Apple

Make your devs responsible for testing

Story:
Many developers aren't good at QA because there's always someone to QA for them. So they never develop that muscle.
And typically a lot of devs at startups are pretty good at QA because there's no QA to help them. They have to learn the hard way how to test stuff and how to envision problems that can surface. And they also build this feeling of responsibility for the code they ship.
That's why Zapper, despite being one of the most popular crypto apps, haven't hired any QA yet.
Source:
Web3 Talks, Episode #26, Seb Audet, Co-Founder & CEO @ Zapper
Timestamped: YouTube, Spotify
Non Timestamped: Apple