What’s the best way to hire your first employee?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
DIY vs Delegate – AVC

One suggestion I frequently make is to find a “utility infielder” for your first business hire. This is someone who can do a lot of things well but nothing spectacularly well. This is often someone who has done this role before in a startup and likes working in companies that are between five and fifty employees. There are people who make a career out of this job.

Sam Altman (President at Y Combinator)
Startup Playbook

My first piece of advice about hiring is don’t do it. The most successful companies we’veworked with at YC have waited a relatively long time to start hiring employees. Employees are expensive. Employees add organizational complexity and communication overhead.