Too many start-ups are packed with expensive full time chiefs (senior managers) and not enough cost effective indians (doers). The more I have worked with early stage companies the more I have come to the conclusion that the most effective structure is a fulltime founder and full time COO (business mind) and all the other executive roles should be part-time ideally paid on a flexible basis. This allows the start-up/ early stage company to keep down costs while still having access to an experienced knowledge bank. It has an added advantage of keeping costs flexible. Instead companies should look to ensure they have enough skilled doers. This ensures there are people to do the work and that egos do not get in the way.