Your Team Must Have Ownership - from seeing the Powerset cult form in front of me.
As smart as you may think you are, the best way to ensure that you have a high quality team is NOT by micro-managing the situation. Your job is to instill good hiring principles and practices into your team and let them build the team from there.
The easiest way to do that is simply only hire super-A’s A-level people, and then let them have control over who is invited to join your cult. What you will find is that they will be potentially even more strict about who can join. The way you know your processes are working is when you overhear employee number 5 saying, “thank God I got a job early on in this company, because there’s no way I could get one now.”
That would even potentially include you - the founder. The reality of the situation is that the cult is never really yours, it's your team's cult. They will create it, they will tell you who they want in it. What's more is that they will be right. You will have a shit ton of things on your mind as you build your company. Trust your people and they will build your cult for you.