Entrepreneurs have a team of people who help them build their products, their businesses. Any business worth building takes teamwork.
These savvy business men and women know that it is essential to have folks with different skills to work on various aspects of the business. They know that someone who is who excels in one area is a better option. A startup has different needs.
Here are five thoughts from expert entrepreneurs
- Multiply yourself
- Success is a team process
- Helps to move the project where it needs to be
- Surround yourself with smart people
- Always have their back
Thoughts on teamwork from Entrepreneurs
Noah Kagan, “multiply yourself”
Noah Kagan was employee #30 at Facebook. He wrote a book about his story, How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook, which you can purchase at Amazon. You can also read about his story in an article at Business Insider.
Kagan was also a growth hacker that helped grow Mint.com’s pre-beta subscriber list to over 20,000 in ten months of working with the company. Currently, Kagan is the founder and CEO of AppSumo which is an online marketing website for entrepreneurs full of highly useful, practical products.
I emailed Noah and asked him if he had any thoughts on teamwork as an entrepreneur. This is what he said:
You can’t do it all alone. Multiply yourself by hiring the best people.
Guy Kawasaki, “Success is a team process”
Guy Kawasaki is one of our generation’s most followed entrepreneurs and marketers. He is also the Chief Evangelist for Canva, a company, and product that I really, really love!
According to Wikipedia:
“Guy Kawasaki is an American marketing specialist, author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing their Macintosh computer line in 1984.”
In the Growth Hackers forum, I had the chance to ask Guy Kawasaki what kind of value he placed on teamwork.
Here was his response:
“Very high. I think the concept of the lone-wolf, genius is over-rated. Success is a team process, not an individual event.”
Mary Green, “move(s) the project along to where it needs to be.”
Mary Green is one of a community manager at Inbound.org. Mary has over a decade of inbound marketing experience and is central to keeping the Inbound community moving forward.
I think it is necessary in a marketing environment where the job is often too big for one person. Teamwork is necessary in business, it isn’t always easy but it can be enjoyable and move the project along to where it needs to be.
Neil Patel, “surround yourself with a team that is smarter than you.”
Neil Patel is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and Kissmetrics and helped countless businesses with growing their businesses and websites.
According to QuickSprout:
“The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.”
I can tell you that I have learned as much about SEO, content marketing, and online marketing from reading Neil’s blogs as anyone else. His posts are epic and he has some of the best guides on the internet.
By the way, I love his new hairstyle!
When asked about the value of teamwork, Patel said,
A founder doesn’t make a startup succeed, it’s the team. So make sure you surround yourself with a team that is smarter than you.
Kim Doyal, The WordPress Chick, “Everyone on my team knows I have their back”
Kim is a star in the WordPress community with one of the most popular podcasts. In addition to her podcast, Kim is a champion and coach of online entrepreneurs. I am delighted the Kim has chimed in and she reminds us that having fun is integral to teamwork.
I live by the motto of ‘if it’s not fun, I’m not doing it’ and I want my team to feel the same way. Everyone on my team knows I have their back and it makes all the difference in the world.
The Star Wars guide to building a team
It takes a team to make a company go. You need various skills from different folks to navigate the startup or entrepreneurship maze.
What does each person bring to the table?
There are a variety of needs at a startup.
Desk.com recently posted this fun and interesting infographic using characters from Star Wars to identify different persons on the team and the task that each represents.
Every business has challenges to overcome — but don’t take ‘em on Solo. No need to launch Star Wars; just tap into the Force. Leverage the Reys of strength in your team members to awaken a Finn-tastic crew — from sales, marketing, and customer service to engineering, legal, and opps.
Take a look at the infographic. What do you think is right, what do you think is wrong?
And. . . . may the force be with you.
Star Wars for Startups: A Guide to Building Your Team
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