It is fairly easy to meet founders who think they know it all. Founders who are so sure of their own success and the trajectory that they are on that they almost excude overconfidence.
But are they overconfident, or are they just pretending out of fear of losing face, credibility, mojo or something else? Probably. Because just under the surface of any founder is the fear of failure. Of making the wrong decision. Of missing the boat completely.
It is natural. And actually fear can be transformed into a strenght, if you use it as an opportunity to have a learning mindset. Studys show that one of the traits of successful founders is the ability to learn. And in order to learn, you need to start by acknowledging that you don’t know it all. So get comfortable with that – and embark on your ongoing learning process.
The other day I read an interesting article on Noteworthy – The Journal Blog about some of the traits that characterizes a great founder. The article was written by Jess Li and based on her talking to more than 100 founders in her role as a VC.
I have been fascinated by some time by the idea of being able to somehow predict who will stand out from the crowd in a couple of years time as founders of a great startup, and I want to pursue the idea further.
So, if you could spare a few minutes of your time, I would love for you to help me answer a few questions in this survey. The tradeoff is simple: You help me get better insights and move forward on the work, and I give you a final short report about how things look from the survey, which you can use to benchmark yourself against.
Sounds interesting? Then please help me out. And many thanks in advance for doing so.