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Read This Before Joining as Employee 1 to 20 at a Startup  

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For a new startup, responsibilities, demands, and opportunities accumulate quickly. Transformation happens in the beginning: two key skills early employees must master are time management and adaptation through problem-solving.

“Ruthless Prioritization” to maximize productivity while maintaining versatility

  • Biweekly timeline planning
    • Consider external constraints and schedules when organizing tasks
  • Prioritize by work to be informed about, work to do independently, work that is just barely on the radar: “Eyes on, Hands on, Horizon”
  • Transition from product focus to designing team and structuring company by 9 to 12 months
    • “Cathartic documentation” enables scalability and for team to stay on the same page

“High-return Troubleshooting” as doubling the takeaways of every challenge

  • Rate of learning = value
    • If yield is low, tackle bigger challenges or mine more result
  • For La, Director of Design at Clover Health, isolation created professional connections and designer network An early-employee environment fosters a unique and transformative perspective absent in a big corporation.
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