The hero hire

Whenever a startup says that they’ve found a hero hire, a red flag goes up in my mind. There are two reasons for this.

The first is that the need for a hero implies a big problem. If you feel like you need a hero, it’s likely that things aren’t going well. Otherwise you wouldn’t be looking to a single person to save your startup.

The second reason is that a single hero doesn’t exist in real life. It’s just a romantic ideal. In reality, success calls for a team consisting of many heroes who excel in their respective roles. But when you’ve built such a team, since there’s no single individual who stands out, they’re no longer heroes but a collection of great people. They’re no longer the romantic ideal but the reality.

Also published on Medium.