The Ideal Founder

Henk posted this while at NetProphet..

The ideal founder..

“A zealot with an almost annoying passion for their business and who could talk about their startup up every day, all day, easily. They are good at selling. They believe living frugally is spiritual and necessary. Understanding highly technical ideas as well as the bigger picture is something they are good at. They are not usually analytical. They don’t mind that each day is continually different, despite the chaotic nature of such. They know that money matters, but don’t spend too much time worrying about their personal bank account – that doesn’t help sell the product. Blind faith is often used to describe them. So is naivety.

They are comfortable with these personifications, even revelling in them and the fact that it makes them an outsider and “strange”. They deplore rules, even when the rules make sense. Nothing is ever accepted knowledge until they have put it to the test. They are almost impossible to manage and are often deemed self-centered. The latter is just zeal misunderstood. Consideration is for people with jobs and they, after all, are changing the world for the better, so you need to get out the way.”

From a Memeburn article by Justin Spratt.

My comments:

“They believe living frugally is spiritual and necessary.” – Nope, maybe if you are a student.

“They are not usually analytical.” – Nope, I think they are.

Here is my remix:

The ideal founder..

“A zealot with an almost annoying passion for their business. They could talk about the impact of their ideas every day. They like to explain things to others and they are quick to find a way to bring across an idea. They like the language of their industry and they speak it well. They are good at selling. They are good at listening. They enjoy arguing and convincing people. People often think they are stubborn.

They are good at managing complexity. They have highly technical skills but they also see the bigger picture. They are always processing new ideas. Always open for business. They know that good ideas don’t keep office hours. They like big ideas. It’s not a good idea unless it’s scary.

They don’t mind change and they are good at adapting their plan as new information becomes relevant. They know that money matters, but don’t spend too much time worrying about their personal bank account. They are not afraid to risk. They know risk and reward are linked. They are tenacious. They see value, place their bets and stick with their investment.

They deplore rules, even when the rules make sense. Nothing is ever accepted knowledge until they have put it to the test. They are almost impossible to manage and are often deemed unreasonable. Consideration is for people with jobs and they, after all, are changing the world for the better, so you need to get out the way.”