Garry Tan

Garry Tan quotes on hiring

Founder Initialized. PM/designer/eng turned Forbes Midas List Top 100 VC in startups worth over $40B, before product-market fit.

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When hiring most positions, raw talent and energy beats the resume. There are a lot of diamonds in the rough waiting to be found out there.


Great teams are the basis for all change in the world. One person can do only so much. Leaders must recruit the best, THEN give structure, guidance and safety, and get out of the way. Ego helps the former, but hurts the latter. This tough balance is at the heart of success.


Founderhood is truly a game with escalating levels of difficulty Before you start: you must learn to do things well, then learn to be a part of a team Then eventually you must build your own team, and when that team is good, you’ve got to scale that team It always gets harder


If you hire for what someone can do, they work for money. If you hire someone because they believe what you believe, they work for meaning.


Founders need to be convinced of a thing themselves before they can possibly convince others. People join rocket ships, not question marks.


Startup hiring litmus test: Convince smart friends to join. If not, you'll fail b/c it's not a good idea, or your team won't be good enough.

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