What is the main difference between a CEO and a COO at an early stage company. It seems those two roles are very similar and there is not much information out there.
Any guidance on this would be very much appreciate it.
being that I've been a CEO and COO, and currently am both for separate companies I know the roles well.
I could list more points for each role, but in the end you want to remember:
The CEO is in charge of the company itself, employees, funding, the vision, etc.
While the COO is in charge of daily operations and helping the company manage each facet of the company.
The CEO makes "executive" decisions about the company overall.
While the COO makes "operational" decisions within the company infrastructure.
Hope this helps!
The CEO sets the vision, the long term goal. The COO executes it. If there is confusion about the 2 roles in an organization, either the CEO is micro managing, or the COO is overstepping her boundaries, or the organization is too small torequire both.