Some weeks ago there was a thread about the kind of engineersa startup should be going after. The thread both praised and unintentionally stereotyped toxic tech-bros. It got a big reaction myself included. I tweeted out of a heated disagreement, and ended up with a lengthy (by my average) thread.
But twitter is by its own nature impermanent, so following @happywebcoder's suggestion, here you have my not-so-hot-take on what to look for instead of a 10x engineer, minus some of the typos that twitter will keep forever.
Hire someone that sees the value of calling a meeting they won't enjoy to make sure they are building the right thing a bit later, instead of the wrong thing right away
Hire someone who works reasonable hours, and then goes home to do other stuff, and sets a healthy example for less experienced colleagues
Hire someone who can make four interns twice as productive by looking away from code long enough to help them gain autonomy, mastery and purpose and improve the onboarding process for the ones coming after them
Hire someone that praises individual accomplishments of every team member under their guidance but owns team failures creating the psichological safety that science suggests is the keystone of most productive teams
Hire someone that can write great quality code for the business core and hacky patches for an unexpected demo, and knows by relating with product and marketing enough, when time-to-market is more valuable to the company than pristine design patterns
Hire someone that listens to people with different points of view, and humble enough to change their mind, or to execute wholeheartedly on someone else's vision because helping the team is higher in their list than "being right"
Hire someone ready to learn and maintain a technology they don't like because sometimes trends fall out of fashion long before the usefulness of the components that were written with them
Hire someone that understands that their skillset is a small piece in a complex endeavor, and values every sales, marketing, support, accounting, and cleaning staff as equals, partners and essential contributors despite/specially because of the otherness of their crafts
What do you think? Do you agree? What are the things you look for in a new hire?
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