You know what’s hard? Trying to hire people while in “stealth mode”.
Actually, no, that’s not quite accurate. What’s hard is initiating conversations with people I might one day possibly want to hire while at the same time not being rude to great people who want to work on the New Thing but who I’m not ready to talk to yet… while in stealth mode.
Since Alexia’s post on TechCrunch yesterday, I’ve had about 100 billion emails from people interested in working at the new company. Of those 100 billion maybe three are exactly the kind of people I want to talk to. Not three billion. Three.
It’s my fault, of course. I’m the one insisting on playing this silly “stealth” game. Not, as some have suggested, to build hype around the company — empty hype has been my downfall before; I don’t intend it to be again — but rather because I want to make sure I have a few key things in place before I start telling the world what we’re doing here (more on those key things later).