The Human Equation

Published: 8/20/2008 2:37:48 PM

Much has been said in the technology industry and venture capital world about the importance of the management team in a start-up's fortunes.  One saying is "I'd rather back an A management team with a B idea, than the other way around."

Internet VC Fred Wilson has a long and insightful post about some of the issues surrounding early-stage start-up management teams:

One of the things that I stress to start-up company founders is that they should understand their strengths as well as their weaknesses.  All effective executives have strengths and weaknesses - one of their greatest strengths is knowing what they're good at and knowing what they need help with.

So I urge you to look at your work history, examine those aspects of your past experience that you enjoyed and excelled at, and those experiences that you were challenged with.  Self-knowledge is one of the greatest assets you can bring to a start-up.


Don Jones



Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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