Somehow everyone think that new product executives should live and work in Silicon Valley. That every successful startup had onsite team behind it from the early days. That outsourcing or offshoring is evil and that you’ll never get a great product in the long run. Startups are too innovative. Blah-blah-blah…
For a long time I’ve been intending to express my own thoughts in this regards because honestly I’m grieved to hear the same unreasonable things and to lump everyone together.
It is not my goal to convince everyone but rather inspire and advice on how better proceed with the selection. Someone mistakenly draw conclusions by the seat of his pants, others heard something from friends or surfing the web and finally some had bad experience in the past.
Every vendor has unhappy customers. Make sure to find if they are unreasonable as well! In addition a single case not yet a practice. And often those who are satisfied much less likely to spread than their antipodes.
You think it’s quick and easy to assemble an effective and cohesive team? While the right partner already has it. There is already a well-established principles and approaches in their work. People speak the same language and are willing to help each other. Besides, everyone knows the ability of his colleague and his strengths.
Moreover some tech start-ups, even when they are called as such, don’t have the technical capability to deliver their vision and that’s where technology partners can help them out.