While being away (and completely offline) I finally found the time and space to read a couple of books which have been on my list for a while. Having plowed through a few books on leadership made me realize how much we overemphasize the role of the founder/leader in comparison to the team. Specifically the early members of a venture.
Companies are built by people — that is the plural, not the singular. Having had the opportunity to observe many companies from idea to successful (and probably more often unsuccessful) exit, I can tell you that all companies are truly built by the unsung heroes: The second, third, fourth and all the other early employees are truly the ones who are making a company.
If you want to make a difference — consider being an early employee at a startup you care about. It’s incredibly rewarding, the payoff is typically good and you can rest knowing that your work is incredibly important.
Build What Matters.