What Investors Look for in Technical Founders: the Four Archetypes


"Most of the companies in which Costanoa invests has at least one technical founder*, often more. I’ve found taking the time to assess each leader’s particular blend of skills is important. It ultimately helps them focus on their highest and best use and helps the company determine who they to hire to complement their skills. I use these four archetypes that categorize their characteristics: Chief Product Officer, Chief Technology Officer, VP of Engineering, and Chief Architect. Most people are a combination of these personas, but the categories are helpful in understanding how to provide guidance — as well as understand some of the growth challenges a technical leader may have to overcome."


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