but if these people are truly incompetent or limited in their abilities as you say, then they're even smarter for recognizing the limits in their skills and bringing in someone smart like josh when they hit the wall. no one knows everything, but many of them will learn. calling for help is not stupid, and everyone misses obvious gotchas, including everyone here.
everyone wins here. josh gets paid and spreads some wisdom. the startup gets problems solved and learns something along the way.