How to Build Your Startup Team

You’ve got a great idea and now it’s time to move from the concept phase into the building phase. How do you determine whether you need help? When you have a great idea, you’re so excited and ready to go from that amazing concept in your head into actually building a physical product, but there’s a lot that goes into that. You need to figure out whether you need to bring on teammates with specific expertise to help turn your idea into a reality.
My product is the decarboxylator. It’s a heating device that uses precision sensors in the decarboxylation algorithm to heat up cannabis material to activate it so that people can get more accurate dosing and make any cannabis product. It was a pretty great idea, but as somebody without an engineering background, I found it really difficult to take my idea and bring it to life.

Join Professional Associations or Working Groups

There are a lot of ways to find those team members that you need to bring your project to the next level. You might be part of some professional associations or working groups where you can find people with complementary skill sets to yours who you could bring to the table. One thing that is always a struggle when you’re starting to build a new product is funding and being able to pay your team members. You’ll have to think pretty early on about whether you want to compensate your team members with money or whether you’d like to bring them on as part of your company and offer them some kind of equity or other compensation.

Consider Outsourcing

One great option for new startup founders is to use remote work or outsource work. There are many sites that allow you to find really skilled labor at lower cost if you’re using people who are able to work from their homes or from other countries. You really need to make sure, though, that the quality of work that you’re receiving from these outsourced workers meets your standards. If you’re seeking IP for your product, these have to be people you can trust to maintain strict confidentiality.