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3 Crucial Steps to Building a Great Team Ignore the "hire fast" advice. Use these three crucial steps for building a great team.

By Aytekin Tank Edited by Jessica Thomas

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In the 16 years since I started Jotform, we've reached a lot of milestones. Growing a business from a nights-and-weekends side project into a successful company with 10 million users has been a rewarding (and sometimes exhausting) journey. But of all of the breakthroughs we've made over the years, I think I'm most proud of what we did in 2015.

When I started Jotform in 2006, there was one single employee: Me. Being a bootstrapped founder, growth came slowly and deliberately; up until 2014, I didn't make more than a few new hires each year. But in 2015, we moved our operations into a new, bigger office.

Suddenly, we had room to grow. And we did. In 2014, we had 12 employees. In 2015, we jumped to 22. Such quick growth isn't always successful — adding too many people too fast can upset a company's delicate equilibrium and throw things into chaos.

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