Sam Altman

Sam Altman quotes on hiring

American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. Former president of Y Combinator.

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1

Hiring: values first, aptitude second, specific skills third

2

Learning to identify super talented people before everyone else does is one of the most valuable skills to develop.

3

You have a problem, so you decide to raise some money. Now you have two problems. So you hire some people. Now you have three problems.

4

"What's you number one piece of hiring advice?" "Hire for slope, not Y-intercept. This is actually my number one piece of life advice."

5

If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.

6

Hiring people with a strong sense of entitlement very rarely works out, no matter how good they are on other axes

7

Hiring chronically negative people as early startup employees is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and the biggest non-obvious hiring mistake.

8

in general, hiring before you get product/market fit slows you down, and hiring after you get product market fit speeds you up.

9

Before you hire people with the money you just raised, please please please remember that small teams move faster than big ones.

10

A founding team that can build the product themselves has a big advantage over a team that has to hire very expensive engineers to build it.

11

Startups: you cannot expect to hire top talent in the early days and be stingy with equity

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