Not everyone is a founder

Our startups have anywhere from 10 to 250 employees. The average is probably around 30.

And our startups have anywhere from 1 to 5 founders. The average is probably around 2.

This means that for every 2 founders there are 28 non-founders (30 employees minus the 2 founders). In other words, there are about 7 founders for every 100 non-founders.

Since large companies have a higher ratio of non-founders to founders than startups, the ratio of non-founders to founders in the overall economy is much higher.

Being a founder sounds hot. It sounds even hotter when startups are hot.

But not everyone is or should aspire to be a founder. It’s perfectly normal, in fact mathematically expected, that you’re not.


Also published on Medium.