However. I'm apprehensive about doing so because I'm worried about Strikingly being acquired, and my non-technical friends being hung out to dry with their websites. These days it seems like any startup pre-Series B that gains traction is liable to get acquired and possibly disappear. I wouldn't want to put my non-technical friends in a situation where they have to deal with that.
I understand the benefits to VC and congrats on raising it, I just don't see how you can be in it for the long run. How is that possible?
But, this begs the question: expanding the platform, paying down technical debt, adding some adult supervision (heh) are all very valuable for the medium-to-long term, but can't this be achieved by using contractors alone? BTW, I ask this from the perspective of a full-time software engineer and part-time entrepreneur.
We always want to keep the team size small and effective, but we'll soon face a development bottleneck unless we start bringing great talent on board. Contractors may work for part of this, but it's definitely good to have a whole cohesive team that's invested in the company. Thanks for the advice!