I am a single founder (non-tech). We have a great product, that clients are lining up to buy and everyone except engineers seem to understand and are passionate about it.
We are profitable already but for 4 years I’ve been fighting with the engineers over features, processes etc. We had engineers that lied to me, tried to blackmail me etc. etc. We finally thought we have found a great lead for the tech team, but now he is leaving because he’ll get paid a bit more elsewhere and dislikes the product and his own perspective.
I am really clueless why all this happens. I just cannot explain it myself and everyone around me cannot explain it either. We are a B2B product company, self-funded.
My best guess is that engineers are not interested in the product. We can only offer great salaries and a nice work environment. So we need to get investors to help us with recruiting as we have to hire damn expensive guys and lots of them as any of them may jump off at any moment. The guys also don’t do any extra hours.
Any advice on why this happens and how to fix it?