Generalists vs. Specialists
Startups are launched by generalists and scaled by specialists
— Startup Founder Daily (@founder_daily)
Jan 6, 2023
We shared this Tweet a few days ago and it led to an interesting discussion:
Startups are often created by generalists who have a broad range of skills and are able to wear many hats in the early stages of a company's development. These individuals are able to identify a problem, come up with a solution, and execute on that solution in order to get the company off the ground. However, as the startup begins to grow and scale, the company will often need to bring in specialists who have expertise in specific areas in order to keep up with the increasing demand and complexity of the business. These specialists can help to ensure that the company is running efficiently and effectively as it continues to grow and expand.
Some of our followers pushed back and argued that a company never loses its need for generalists. And I agree– as a company scales, there's no longer the same need for one person to wear so many hats. But, generalists' ability to adapt, fill gaps where necessary, and apply a diverse set of skills to problems are traits that a company will never outgrow.
What do you think?
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