This white paper gives you questions to ask when investing in a startup, and you are looking to assess the founders of the company. The White paper is also useful for the assessment of founders in more established companies.
Why is the Founder doing this? What is the Founders goal? What is the Founder willing to sacrifice to reach his/hers goal?
Does the Founder have a time management system? Is the Founder a time-pessimist or time-optimist? What stresses the Founder?
Is the Founder working with goals (if no, why?) What are the Founders quarterly, yearly and long-term goals? What does the Founder do to achieve these goals?
How well does the Founder work in teams? Does the Founder like to be in a leadership role? What difficulties do the Founder experience in getting along with others?
Is the Founder an extrovert or introvert? How does the Founder cope with several problems at one time? How does the Founder approach problems?
What elements in their education does the Founder lack to achieve success? What elements in Founders education makes them well equiped for this role? What would previous colleagues say about Founder if asked?
Conflicts and criticism
How does Founder handle criticism? How does Founder usually handle disagreements at work? How does Founder usually handle disagreements?
Have the Founder done any personality tests? Have the Founder had any bankrupcies? What role does the Founder take on in a team?
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