“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin, as paraphrased by Megginson.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin, as paraphrased by Megginson. Key takeaways
Great founders don’t look alike
The average VC firm invests in 70 startups per year. Surely I cannot serve as many clients as a consultant. VCs would always have greater insights on business models, industries, and strategy. However, VC insights would never be as deep about understanding the people in the organizations they invest in. My insights as a consultant hopping from one organization to another, builds up intricate knowledge. I’m observing the daily life at portfolio companies, not only what they present to the external world & VCs. Getting confidential information, participating in important life events, and learning side by side with some of the brightest minds in the world opens a whole new world of understanding.
What I came to realize in my experience is that companies are like families. Each happy family is alike and each unhappy family is miserable in its own way. It’s similar with companies. Once the evaluator knows what a winning team is made of, it’s easier to find similarities and deduce. For these teams, everything seems easy. When I say alike I mean similarities in the substantial traits that combine straight and LGBT happy families. They surely don’t look alike but are alike in the single most important trait for happiness. They have a mindful understanding of each other. They are alike because of the quantity of mind that produces mutual respect and focus on a shared future. No alma mater, gender, ethnicity, or nationality can be a proxy for this mind-based criteria. To observe the presence of a mind one needs to be seen qualitatively or benchmarked with the quantitative test linked below.
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