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VC Founder easy to fall into the plight of the product CEO

Posted by: | Posted on: February 23, 2017

Beijing on August 12th news, the well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalists – Horowitz (Ben Horowitz) published an article that the founder in the management of our company fails, as is usually the case because he did not want to serve as CEO, or in CEO dilemma. To solve this problem, the founder must be clear about the product development process which the key to participate in, which should not be involved, and a moderate grasp of the "participation" and "exit" degree.

Ben – Horowitz is a well-known venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, he and Mark – (Marc Andreessen) co founded Vc firm Andreessen Horowitz has now ranked among the top Silicon Valley VC. In addition, he also founded the data center automation software provider Opsware (previously known as Loudcloud, after being acquired by HP), and served as CEO. Prior to this, he also worked in the Netscape Co (Netscape) a number of product sectors as executives. Now, he worked on a number of company’s board of directors, including apriza, Foursquare, Jawbone, Lytro, Magnet, NationBuilder, Okta, Rap Genius, SnapLogic and Tidemark.

below is the article details:

has been, I have advocated the founder’s own management company, so when the founder failed to lead the development and expansion of the company, or by CEO instead of occupation, will send the message to tell me about your problem. They will ask me: Ben, what’s going on? Why do you think the founders can do better? Will you add new ideas in the article "why do we love CEO"?

every time I receive such a message, I will definitely reply to them: I will not change the article, but I will write a new article. In my opinion, the founder of the company in the management of their own founder failed, mainly due to the following three reasons:

1, the founder did not want to serve as CEO. Not all inventors are willing to manage the company, if you hate CEO, then you are very high probability of failure. To be a qualified CEO requires a high degree of management skills, this skill is very difficult to grasp, if the founder is not strong will, then it is difficult to succeed. It doesn’t matter if the founder doesn’t want to be a CEO, but he has to understand that as soon as possible, otherwise he will bring great pain to himself and to others.

2, the board of panic. Founder is reluctant to serve as CEO, so when the board saw him make a mistake, will feel panic, and hastily decided to replace CEO. This is a tragedy, but it is common in real life.

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