June 3, 2004

News & Opinion: Kawasaki on Partners

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 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]

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.