I work on an internally-funded startup within a small business - equal parts management, development and devops simply by necessity. So i'm guilty of finding management a chore, or at best, a huge time-sink.
But there are highlights. It's oft-repeated but it really is true that supporting your customers and dealing with marketing can give you great insight into your own product. Through customer interaction i've gotten simple feature requests that add significant value, that I would never have encountered on my own with a programmer mindset.
I'd still take a pure 'maker' position any day of the week.