I just read this article on the importance of ‘Culture and Fit’ in building up a team, and I think Fred Wilson really hit the nail on the head.
…hire people who will enjoy working together, who fit well together, who will make each other better.
It’s one of the most challenging and at the same time rewarding things as an early employee in a start-up to help building up a great team from scratch. From this perspective, my guess is that apart from what Wilson said, the team needs to have a share in creating the company culture as well. It should not solely be the founders job to do that. For early employees, growing with the company, getting a sense of ownership and feeling extremely responsible, is closely connected to also being involved in forming the team and company culture. It takes balls to go down that road together, but it’s surely a great ride.