How do you know which prospective employees will succeed at a fast growing startup? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Dheeraj Pandey, Founder, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix, on Quora:

Those that:

  1. Are authentic -- honest minus self-righteous plus vulnerable.
  2. Have an insurgent mission in what they espouse and believe in.
  3. Have an owner's mindset, independent of howsoever much equity they own. They despise waste, hierarchy, and lack of focus, knowing fully well that scarcity and grassroots power are the biggest drivers of the growth engine.
  4. Have an obsession for the frontline. They know that customers won't tell them what to build, so they need to take it to a version 0.9 on their own. But going from 0.9 to 1.0 to 1.1, they obsess on customer feedback and user delight. Nothing is below them. They own quality and customer support, and never say "I didn't sign up for this."
  5. Acknowledge that less is more when it comes to the product, its capabilities, and the UI.
  6. Obsess to reduce friction in the product (UI/UX), processes, and customer service.
  7. Are constant learners (students) of business and technology; they have an insatiable appetite for history, computer science, wars, design, life stories, etc.
  8. Revel in chaos, knowing fully well that the dust will settle as long as they are doing all of (1) through (7). They are comfortable with the concept of iterative design of the product, organization, and the overall business.

(1) is from Mike Robbins. (2) through (4) are classic elements of The Founder's Mentality.

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Published on: Dec 19, 2016