Hiring is straightforward; you need to find a great person who is passionate about building your company, fairly smart, and meshes well with the team (then let them loose!). But hiring is difficult; finding these people (at the right time) is not often easy.
It took me 6 years to hire Mark Johnson. While that’s a bit of hyperbole, I have known since graduating with Mark as Computer Engineers from Brown in 2005 that I wanted to build a startup with him. He’s a phenomenal engineer. Nobody pushed me harder in college. And looking back, I’m still impressed at so much of what we built.
But we built that stuff for our professors. Now we get to build for ourselves, and I couldn’t be more excited.
The Shelby team was already fucking awesome - returning from 10 days off the grid in Cyprus gave me even better perspective on that. And now we get to add Mark to the formula (VMWare had him pushing too many pencils). There’s so much more I could say, but I think this picture of Mark at our brand new west coast engineering campus says it best: