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Chris Owens

It is sometimes remarked by investors or experienced entrepreneurs that a Founder CEO that works well in the early stages of a company might not be the right fit for later stages of the company, like for example when the company starts to go global.

My question is, what are the specific qualities that are being used to determine whether this is the case with a particular CEO? And, what can that CEO start doing NOW (in the early years) that will prepare him to be able to fill that larger pair of boots when the time comes? Of course, some might say it is "experience", but I don't accept that as an answer. Every large-scale-company-CEO had his FIRST time in that role. I accept that there is something to learn and which can be learned SOMEWHERE, from some book or training or mentor, etc. My question, how does one go about preparing for that?