Invest in People and a Tale about Product-Market Fit

Morning beehiivcommunity! This newsletter leverages our and others’ experience and insights. In this issue, while people often determine success, founders do not fully invest in them to reach maximum returns.


  • “Will startup funding be vibrant again soon?”

    • Pro: Yes, the sector is already showing signs of recovery, with a significant rebound in Q1 24 indicating renewed investor confidence and activity.

    • Con: No, ongoing economic uncertainties and cautious investor sentiment will continue to dampen the overall investment climate.

    • Unknown: While most VCs point to interest rates, our stance is that one wildly successful IPO will quickly supercharge new startup funding.

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Effective Scaling Part 2: Invest in People

"Only hire people who are better than you." - Laszlo Bock

This four-part series will cover startup planning, people, efficiency, and resources as crucial inflection points in growth.

This four-part series will cover startup planning, people, efficiency, and resources as crucial inflection points in growth.

The longest section in my 500-page book is about optimizing teams. People are often a startup’s highest expense and integral to incredible growth. Invest in finding, evaluating, and retaining valuable people. So far, that’s obvious. This post pushes the thinking. For instance, it considers the incredibly daunting and unconscious fear of hiring someone who could replace us.

This post covers hiring, training, and motivating top talent to foster fast growth.

Expert Tips for Startups

This section calls on other experts to offer quick, valuable insights into startups.

An Ancient Chinese Tale Applies to Product-Market Fit

Before killing a product, we should first examine if it targets the right market. An ancient Chinese tale tells of trees that produce plentiful lemons when planted in the south and limes when planted in the north. The key difference is in the soil. The next time you are frustrated at disappointing initial market feedback, consider testing your product in a few different markets instead of completely dismissing it.

Wei Scaltrito is a FinTech startup advisor focusing on product scale-up in niche markets that boost outsized returns.

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