Are You a Founder or a Number Two?

Last week, I was in lurking in the back of a room (which is usually where you’ll find me), listening to a rather successful entrepreneur give a talk to a bunch of young entrepreneurs, most of whom were students. At one point, he made this careful distinction: “I’m not that guy. I’m not the visionary. I’m the number two. I’m the guy that you give me the idea and I’ll get it started.” He then asked how many Number Twos were in the audience. Given that the room was full of students, and that most young entrepreneurs think they’re...

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