Our SaaS startup is (hopefully) getting our first customer soon, at which point we decided to bring in additional resources to accelerate development.
The basic options is whether to bring in a short-term contractor with the exact skillset we need, hire a full-time person, or outsource. My guess is that we may do some combination of the above.
We are boostrapped right now, but if things go well, we may need to raise money. What impact does how you do development have on your valuation? I read somewhere that for seed rounds each developer that's part of the team is counted as 500,000 in valuation, but I would imagine it's less if you outsource or contract. On the other hand, outsourcing can be cheaper, so you can do more with less funding.
Any experiences / opinions to share?