I've started to evaluate candidates for my advisory board and my team, and I've gotten totally contradicting opinions about how to do it.
"The first thing you need is a CTO. You're not a tech person, and you're going to need one on your team."
"Don't hire a CTO too early. The technical skills you need in a CTO now aren't the same as the skills you'll need a year from now."
"The first thing you need is a salesperson so you can start bringing in revenue to fund your development."
"You might think you need a salesperson, but what you really need is a marketing person, or there won't be any leads for the salesperson to follow."
All of this contradictory advice has had my head spinning.
Luckily, I talked to a successful founder today who reminded me that it's ok to trust your gut. And he gave me the only piece of advice I'm 100% positive I'm taking:
"Part of being a CEO is learning to develop your 'CEO filter.' You're going to get contradicting advice from equally qualified people. The best leaders are the ones with a good filter."