Along the lines of Michael Dick‘s response, I tend to agree that you need three personalities to start your company – but it doesn’t actually need to be three people.
The “Geek” – the person who can build whatever it is you need built, or oversee the building of it. If you are a software company, and you have no money, they should be able to code at least well enough to make an MVP of your design so you can attract money so you can pay people who can code better. If you are a traditional business this is the guy that builds up the business plan and infrastructure – the meat and potatoes.
The “Artist ” – this is the person who makes things pretty. Whatever your Geek makes, the Artist will visually and verbally turn into a masterpiece.
The “Coach” – this is the person who keeps your team going strong when stuff isn’t working, and who hypes you and the project up to everyone they meet. They’re always positive and spreading the love about you – inspiring and infectious to be around.
If you don’t have those elements in your team, figure out what’s missing and go find it. Sometimes all three will be the same person, or some combination, but without these basic elements any business is in a losing position.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Are-3-co-founders-enough-for-a-tech-startup-Do-I-need-a-CTO-that-can-code-seriously-well
Originally Posted On: 2015-10-06