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Before you hire your friends, do these 3 things

While your friends may seem the best candidates to help build your startup, there are potential pitfalls you need to be aware of. When it comes to hiring, as a first-time founder you're most likely to look to people you already know and trust; people you're comfortable with. And hiring your friends can work out very well. "More often than not, though, hiring friends brings some problems and difficult moments," writes Alisa Cohn. To help you mitigate the risks, Cohn shares her top tips on planning the hiring process, the conversations you need to have, and how you'll manage performance.

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