How startups are like tribes

John Greathouse is a partner at Rincon Venture Partners, a Southern California based fund making early stage B2B investments.

In this video, John shares how the roles of different team members in a startup are analogous to the roles which our ancestors played as part of tribes. There’s the leader (chief), the creative thinker (shaman), the seller (hunter), and the operator (skinner).

This isn’t the only way to think about the different roles performed by different people at a startup, and people often fill multiple roles, but I like the essence of the analogy. Great startups have people with different strengths who complement each other, rather than people with similar strengths that overlap and thereby leave open big weaknesses.

You can watch the full video below.


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