How do you convince an engineer to join your start up? Harj Taggar shares this advice on the Y Combinator blog:
This post is advice for early stage startup founders who are hiring their first engineer.
Hiring your first engineer at a startup is incredibly hard. As a founder you’re already stretched dangerously thin on time. There are bugs to fix, customers to close and any number of urgent existential fires that demand your full attention. You know you should be spending more time on hiring but it’s a battle to find it.
This is an exhaustive post going through all the details. If you're a startup founder or among the first engineers to join a startup, you should check this post out or recommend it to your founder.