A Question You Should Ask Yourself as an Entreprenuer

June 29, 2010

As an entrepreneur of an early or expansion stage software company what role do you play?

Are you:

  • The Architect?
  • The Storyteller?
  • The Disciplinarian?

Or do you play all three roles in your company?

The June 29th, Harvard Business Review had a great blog on this topic… you can read more about it here.

As a business venture capital firm that only invests in software companies, we work with CEO’s and entrepreneurs who play each of these roles and, in some cases, play all three. Regardless of what role or roles they play, in the end the successful software companies that reach great exits all have one thing in common: the entrepreneur’s and or CEO’s ability to build out a management team to help them scale the company, architect the product, tell the story and execute the strategy.

So whether you have raised growth capital, are looking for investors or still bootstrapping your company one question you should be continuing to ask your self as you approach the midpoint of the year is… what is the next great management team member/role we need to hire to help the company continue to grow.

All the best!


Venture Partner

<strong>George Roberts</strong> is a Venture Partner at OpenView. He enjoys partnering with companies and helping them achieve their goals through strategy, focus and operational execution. From 1990 to 2003, George spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, most recently having served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales. While at Oracle, George was responsible for over $1 billion in revenue and more than 2,000 employees, reporting directly to the company’s CEO and Chairman, Larry Ellison.