I saw this post on Discuss a few weeks ago and it got me thinking about whether there are standout personality traits that you should look for in a cofounder -- regardless of what type of founder that person is (technical vs non-technical). I don’t like putting people in boxes, but I think it would help a lot of us here to identify serious entrepreneurs with strong potential in our own searches.
Aside from any business or vertical related traits:
2. Passion for the mission
3. Driven to reach goals
4. Tolerance for ideas and people that are different than the cofounders.
Having been on numerous startups, I agree fully with Toms (No relation) lists of traits. Integrity comes first. Ethical and Truthful is a fallout of integrity. Passion for the mission; or enthusiasm for the product. I have been on startups where 80% were product focused while 20% were politically focused on themselves and hindered progress. Being product focused you are driven to reach goals and if you are product driven, you will welcome ideas and people that are different form the co-founders; that makes up a great team. In my opinion company culture flows down from the top and from the co-founders. Having these traits I do put them in a box; my role models.
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