Full Stack Operator

Originally published on Medium.

Sound strategy and effective execution are critical as companies develop. Unknowns and an urgency for progress require it.

Great startups meet these demands by having a key player on the team: a full stack operator. A full stack operator is someone who can execute across non-technical disciplines, from conception through implementation.

  • They advance the startup’s substance, making an impact through strategy, UI/UX, marketing, community, policy, business development, and other non-technical disciplines.
  • They deeply understand the company’s mission, allowing them to execute with little direction.
  • They are thoughtful and perceptive, providing them with a holistic execution approach.
  • They are bold, creative and tasteful, enabling them to produce ambitious and respected work.
  • They have executional range, making them adept at spearheading business functions and strategic initiatives one day, and crafting copy and support emails the next.
  • And they have competence and good judgment, permitting teammates to trust them and grant them autonomy.

Full stack operators are as vital to a startup’s success as their developer counterparts. Make sure you have one.