"You Must Hire the Right People"

So says Chili!Soft founder Charlie Crystle, whose candid comments about his startup are a sobering lesson for starry-eyed entrepreneurs

Back in 1996, musician-turned-entrepreneur Charlie Crystle teamed up with a group of fellow software developers in his hometown of Lancaster, Pa., to create Chili!Soft, an outfit that would be sold to Cobalt Neworks for $70 million before passing to Sun Microsystems in September, 2000. Crystle, 35, was long gone by that stage -- literally. Burned out by the stress and hassles of shepherding a startup from conception to success, he spent two therapeutic months relaxing in South America, where he made three decisions.

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