New York is now the #2 startup hub in the country and rapidly rising; however, single most consistent reason given for NYC’s failure to nurture a culture of innovation is Wall Street: it sucks engineers in, drains them of their creativity, and stuffs them with so much cash they can never be “lean” again. This panel includes people arguing against Wall Street as a force for good, people arguing for Wall Street as a natural career path to startups, and people working to “keep kids off the Street” (i.e., keep engineering students from joining Wall Street hedge funds and I-banks).
When building a team, what should you be looking for -- those talented, amazing people that can do it all, need no supervision, and will drive faster than you can keep up… OR those easy-to-get-along-with, everyone-loves-them, pulls-a-team-together types who just do the dirty work no one else wants to do, keep everything humming along, and DO WHAT THEY'RE TOLD?
"Rockstars" -- the former -- command high salaries, need a constant stream of challenging problems, and are likely to fight for their solution over all others. They might throw tantrums, sulk or just quit if they don't think their (admittedly) incredible talents are being recognized. And sometimes they'll just go off and do whatever they think is a good idea, and not tell anyone.
"Roadies" -- the latter -- might not get as much done in superheated stretches of productivity, but they can be counted on to stick to the plan, to finish tedious tasks, and to get along with their peers. Not as flashy, don't draw a crowd, but behind the scenes they quietly take care of the business that needs taking care of.
Which should you go for? Should you alternate? Do you only need one rockstar? Is the whole distinction fatuous? Will any other panel include the word "fatuous" in its description?
9th–13th March 2012