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I am looking to hire my first sales person in my startup. Shall I look into a couple SDRs or 1 VP of sales or a hybrid? Please know that I sell SaaS and the budget is capped due to fund raising.

Which one should I go for?
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Trinity
WR Officer
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BusDev
Your first sales hire should not be bookends. You have to hire someone in the middle and a builder.ย 
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
That's so right ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
This is a very good advice. Any pointers on what I should be looking for ?
Trinity
WR Officer
+7
BusDev
A top startup misstep is that founders delegate sales before it's validated and repeatable. An early market sales rep doesn't actually sell, sales start with the founder. A good first sales rep will find ways to get you in front of the right person because they'll reverse engineer the org chart, they'll sniff out budget/champions within the account, even help with negotiating the price and navigate procurement.
A top skill needed in your early-stage sales hire(s) is pattern recognition.
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softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
an AE looking to be a manager with dispositions in sales and marketing.ย 
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
One who can multi task would be a good fitย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Any pointers as to what characteristics I should look for?
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Sales , attitude & communication all 360ยฐ
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SADNES5
Politicker
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Business Development
EQ-UIT-TY
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes that's an option on the table for sure
ryan_repvue
Good Citizen
+2
founder
Much of this actually depends on the skillset that you possess.ย  If your background is sales all the way you can probably go the route of sdr or newbie hustlers.ย  Then you can swoop in on all key deals and conversations and make the magic happen.ย  You can also implement the processes needed as well as tech stack.ย  If your background isn't in sales A) how did you get in here and B) you'll need to go higher end with someone to build the process for you as well as do the calls.ย  If anyone says there's a one size fits all thing here they're mistaken.
SADNESSLieutenant
Arsonist
+8
SDR
one dedicated growth minded hungry person and a good pay will get u far
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
So versatile person
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
You need your first sales hire to be someone with a relative degree of tenure and who is capable of being highly versatileย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes that's what I'm gleaning off of the comments here. Versatility seems to be the way to goย 
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Hey Ace, can I email you?
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Sure, but what is this about?
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