Are you really a Startup Founder?

Or are you just a Manager

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What do you need to be a Founder?

As a Founder, you need to have a strong vision and be able to turn that into a compelling value proposition. Founders are passionate about building something great and they won’t give up on it once they start. They need to be problem solvers and not just solution providers.

What is the difference between a startup founder and a manager?

A manager sits in an office and plans for the future. A Founder works on the ground and plans for the future.

What are the qualities of a good founder?

I think that a good founder should be able to communicate effectively with his team, should be able to handle criticism, should have good decision making skills, must have strong belief that he can work on solving a problem that people face every day, must have ability to quickly make decisions, must have ability to take calculated risks, must know how to compromise when needed etc.

What are the questions you need to be familiar with as a founder

How many people do you require in your team?
And what is your role as CEO? What is your role as COO/CFO/CTO etc.?
How do you split responsibilities between them?
Who makes final decisions?
What do you think about hiring freelancers vs full time employees (in terms of hiring process)?
How much equity do you give in early stage startups?
Have you ever given up equity for someone who made huge contributions but did not stay long term at company?
Can any non tech person become CEO of tech startup? Can any non sales person lead sales team?
What areas do you think are important for non technical founders especially when they start their first startups related to technology space like me (I am working on Education Technology)?
Do you think it is possible for someone without technical background to build something successful over time by trusting experts and learning from them instead of trying everything by him or herself?
How much time does it take from inception till first customer / revenue generation / product launch while keeping bootstrapped resources at minimal levels?
What kind of questions did investors ask at each round during fundraising process?

Final Note

Having Persistence as a Founder is the most important quality. It is important to have a vision about what you want to do and how you are going to accomplish it.

My Startup

At Cudy Technologies, we don’t have any roles allocated for us but since we started our company, I am doing more or less everything including developing the product myself at times when things get really busy and there is no one else available who could help me out with it (I am not very good at programming though) and other times when we don’t have enough developers to do what we need to do.

In Summary

The roles of a Startup Founder are so many that it is not possible for one person to do all of them but as a Founder, you need to have the ability to do all of them when needed and you need to have the ability to handle all of these roles on your own when you start your company in early stages.

Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.