Our startup’s first hire was a fractional head of Remote – Techdoxx

Deepak Gupta February 14, 2022
Updated 2022/02/14 at 8:00 PM

The first hire at our SaaS startup was not (surprise!) an engineer.

It might seem counterintuitive, but the first person aboard Wingback was a fractional boss from Remote – and it was the best decision we made.

My co-founder, Torben Friehe, and I knew we wanted to be an asynchronous, fully remote company, and we intended to grow quickly. Of course, our first hire might have been a backend engineer or a sales guru. But we’ve never tried to lead a remote team before – our first startup together was fully face-to-face. What if we mismanaged our first employees simply because we had no idea how to run a virtual company?

Saying “Please confirm by end of day” means nothing when everyone’s workdays span different hours.

If you have experience leading remote teams, having someone dedicated to remote work processes may not be necessary, but for anyone else, it’s hard to overstate the importance of this role in helping to ensure your employees are moving in the same direction: it’s particularly true for startup founders and CEOs, whose time and mental energy are at a premium (not to mention our communication skills can be, well, deficient).

As an early-stage founder, your most important task is to focus on your product and make sure you hire the right people, not spend your time making sure every team member has their vacation approved or has read company policies.

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