Expensive SaaStr: Why Do VCs Need to See At Least 2 Co-Founders?
First off, observe that clearly it’s probably to construct an enormous SaaS firm and not using a conventional co-founder. It’s not the most typical path, however now we are able to see that plenty of leaders have finished it: Zoom, Zscaler, New Relic, Fastly, Elastic, and so on. That doesn’t imply the founders did it on their lonesome :). Nevertheless it usually means they obtained it off the bottom as the one true founder.
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Nonetheless I fear, and most traders fear, when a start-up lacks a co-founder. For 2 causes.
The principle cause for me: I understand how laborious it’s.
I do know I did significantly better as a founder once I had a real co-founder than once I didn’t. I do know that later, when you may construct a real workforce of VPs and SVPs (say $5-$10m+ ARR), a co-founder continues to be vital, however much less essential.
However there’s simply an excessive amount of to personal within the early days, too many cliffs to leap off with out understanding how far you’ll fall. Having a co-pilot for me not less than makes the chances of success a lot, a lot greater.
After I had a real co-founder, nothing might cease us. After I didn’t, I nonetheless did properly. However I used to be rather more mortal.
And second, I actually fear when there isn’t an amazing CTO on the workforce.
If the CEO can be the CTO, that may work. However when it’s a pushed CEO however with weak or outsourced technical workforce? I simply haven’t seen that work out properly in SaaS>