Traits of Successful Startup Founders: Insights from Ron Conway | Startup School SV 2014

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TLDR Successful startup founders possess innate traits like work ethic, ambition, aggressiveness, and toughness, prioritize their company dream over personal relationships, and invest in a co-founder who shares their excitement and inspiration for the idea.

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    Ron Conway invests in founders with innate traits like work ethic, ambition, aggressiveness, and toughness, which are essential for success as a founder.
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    To succeed in startups, be fanatically committed and prioritize your company dream over personal relationships; to be a good manager, communicate well, lead by example, and educate yourself on management and recruiting skills.
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    Investing in a co-founder is crucial for startup success, according to an experienced angel investor who has looked at over 21,000 companies.
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    Successful startups are based on a founder's own need, which later grows through product market fit and users, and having a co-founder who shares the excitement and inspiration of the idea is crucial.
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    Persistence and conviction are key in determining the success of an idea, and successful founders are focused on their product to the point of being rude and arrogant.
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    Investing in niche markets and finding top companies can lead to success, according to the speaker who focuses on internet software investing.
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    Founders who don't prioritize their product are a warning sign and may fool other investors, but not those with experience and pattern recognition.
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    The speaker ends the lecture by checking the time and asking if everyone is ready.
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