We are all familiar with the founder narrative of a long-haired hippie coding in his garage, existing on ramen and Redbull. This founder works all night, neglects his relationships, forgets how to speak to anyone who doesn’t code, and is fueled exclusively by his passion for bringing this project into the world. However, what we don’t hear much about is how this smelly, garage dweller steps into a shiny downtown building as the CEO of a billion-dollar company and eventually manages hundreds or thousands of employees. Nor do we hear about how most of these founders never make the transition, but rather crash and burn(out) somewhere along the way….
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