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June 3, 2004

News & Opinion: Kawasaki on Partners

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 2:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Q:I have the funding and plans to start an online content provider service. I know someone I may want to hire as CTO. We have good personal chemistry, and he is very interested in the project, except he wants some kind of partner. Any advice?
If you like the person and if you're convinced she's a great technologist and if she is worthy of founder status, then make her a partner/founder. Nota bene: There are three "ifs" in what I just said. I didn't simply say, "Make her a partner." You've got to determine the answer to the three ifs.
[from Guy Kawasaki's Art of the Start column in the November 11, 2003 issue of Forbes]