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Why Founders Should Be The Developers
10 points by danvoell 1413 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite
All too often I have seen great developers fall into the investment trap. They build a cool product, they receive investment and it is now their duty to manage a company. Their main intention was to spend time building products people like, but now they are told to raise more money, to grow faster, to generate more money, to build a bigger team, to make more profit and to sell their company for more than it is worth. And then go back to being a programmer.

It reminds me of the "The American Tourist and Mexican Fisherman" http://www.noogenesis.com/pineapple/fisherman.html

Essentially, that's what happens when you take in outside investment. If you can build a cool product and bootstrap it, it need not be that way. Once you're taking in external shareholders, you're semi-bounded by their wishes.

Hell yeah

On a related note I like founder over entrepreneur. I think of myself as a craftsman, not a business person. I love building cool stuff.

Yes its easy to build what you are thinking if you are a developer. Founders should also be able to sell.

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