In Nov 2019, we were a team of 7 people at Avoma, then by Jan 2020, we were a team of 13 people, and then by Mar 2020, we were 10 people again.
And no, these reductions are not due to COVID, but what I believe is due to passion (or lack of it).
Early-stage startups are a different beast (note, I didn’t say “hard”).
They require a different level of combination of skills and passion.
I think the mistake we made was – we primarily hired for skills and experience on resume.
But we didn’t hire for passion and grit.
We can teach new skills, product knowledge, subject domain, strategies, tactics, etc.
But I don’t think we can teach passion, drive, or grit.
I believe we should hire for passion and grit.
And then bridge the gap for skills and domain knowledge if there is any.