Starting a business is hard, starting it for the first time even harder, and starting the first startup in the region almost impossible. So while building Zemanta I’ve learned a lot of thing the hard way. But today I’ve found a model of starting a startup, that might prove useful for someone in a position similar to ours two years ago – eager to do something and clueless about the does and don’ts. the only problem is I can’t test it on myself anymore 🙂
I’ve stumbled across a superbly written CTO job description for a web startup, and realized, that a set of documents like this one can get you going for a year or so, simply by looking at them and doing what they say. If you have a set of documents outlining the day-to-day tasks like this one for all vital functions of the business, you won’t be wasting time trying to figure out when is one of the founders doing to much to be productive and who to hire next. which is pretty much majority of what a startup founder does in the first two years.
The good news is, there are many job descripions avaliable online. the bad news is, most of them are not optimized for web startups, so you still have to be inventive when applying them to your case. bottom line being, even if you start your own company, go read your own job description before you hire yourself.