It almost goes without saying that building just the right team is essential for any entrepreneurial endeavor. But in our most recent DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leader talks, speaker after speaker emphasized that it was the most important point they wanted to make.
"Awesome teams are the secret ingredient of every success," says Cyriac Roeding, co-founder and CEO of Shopkick. Here Roeding describes his keys to building awesome teams: individual brilliance, inflexible shared values, extreme diversity, and a collective mission that everyone can believe in.
Astia CEO Sharon Vosmek shares research on what factors really increase group intelligence on teams: 1) Social perceptiveness of the team members, 2) Evenness of conversation over ideas between team members, and 3) The proportion of women on the team.
According to Cloudera Co-Founder Mike Olson, the quality of the people in the organization is really all that matters. Olson talks about who he looks to work with and his lack of interest in being the 'A' player on a 'B' team.