Why Founders Should (Mostly) Stay CEOs

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Amazon. Apple. Google. Facebook. Microsoft. Oracle. What all these companies have in common is one of the founders was / is the CEO that presided over the company for much of its existence, especially as it went from Startup Inc to Big Tech. There are many arguments for founders to be CEO and also unsurprisingly enough skepticism and outright criticism, from Harvard Business Review in 2008 discussing “The Founder’s Dilemma” to Entrepreneur titling “Why Some Founders Fail as CEOs.” Some have posited also selection bias i.e., that founder CEOs don’t succeed more than non-founder CEOs, it’s just that they are…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.