The One Reason For Quitting I’ll Never Be Mad About: tweeted on Sep/1/2014
We’ve hired just over 60 people in my company’s history. Today, we’re at 50 and still hiring. But as the math suggests, at least 10 of my employees have left or been asked to leave.
The first loss was the most difficult. We let our very first employee go due to poor performance. Each subsequent firing hurt my soul a little less, as I learned to couch things in my mind in terms of what would help the rest of the team when I was confronted with the shocked look on the face of anyone who’s just been told he’s no longer got a job. But it still sucked.
Then, when we were perhaps a dozen people, a brilliant programmer of ours sat us (the founders) down one morning and said he was quitting. Initially, I was stunned. You can’t fire us! Losing him would put us in a bind, as we had product to build and competitors to stay ahead of.