Web Start-up Dream Team

Four Ideal Team Members for a Web Start-Up

What would the ideal founding team for a Web start-up look like? OnStartups.com takes a stab at answering this question and finds the following four team member ‘types’ to be most relevant.

  1. Developer: One brilliant developer is the most important member of a founding team. This should be someone who can produce, release and

    maintain working code. This is not a CTO or architect.

  2. Designer / UI / UX person: The second most important member of the team would be a brilliant designer-type, someone that can take a human problem and design an easy to use, software solution to address the issue.
  3. Inbound Marketer: The third member of this magical start-up should be someone who can pull people in (not push out) and create remarkable content that will attract traffic and customers.
  4. Sales Person: Start-up companies do not need a VP of sales, they need real sales people.

This fab four founding team could have fewer members, as it is possible to have some of these traits in one member. The blogger also notes that he intentionally excluded a “visionary” from the founding team because, “humans do not care about other people’s visions.”


Vickilynn is a Novelist whose first book "Waving Backwards" was published in July 2015. She is also a Blogger at Adoptionfind Blog. Previously, she was a Freelance marketing copywriter at OpenView.
You might also like ...
HR & Leadership
Sales Hiring Crystal Ball: How to Hire Sales Leaders Who Thrive

How do you find and hire a sales leader who can thrive in today’s rocky selling environment. Expert Amy Volas lays it out here.

by Amy Volas
Books & Reports
Introducing OpenView’s 2023 State of SaaS Talent Report
Last week, we launched our second annual State of SaaS Talent Report. The goal of this report remains the same...
by Maggie Crean
HR & Leadership
How Early-Stage Startups Can Offer Generous Parental Leave
As a startup founder, you’ve got a lot in common with a new parent. You’re both nurturing something wonderful but...
by Elise Sherman Plugis