This really is a 'must read' for cleantech founders and VC's. The ability and balance of your leadership team is so instrumental to the success of your start-up. Get it wrong and the wheels really can fall off. Not what you want for your 'baby' and not what you want in your portfolio company if you are an investor. This doesn't need to be difficult either. As with many things, you don't know what you don't know, and a little knowledge and awareness can fix the problem, before it becomes a defining issue. Take a read of the article, if it resonates, at Hyperion Executive Search 95% of our clients are post-investment cleantech start-ups/scale-ups, and we've created a low cost, high value service to help you better understand your management team dynamic, and how to make it work. You can read about that HERE.
We all know what it takes to build and scale a tech company: a customer-centric product, an innovative business model and backing from the right early-stage investors. But there’s another key ingredient: building a competent leadership team. Most founders or C-level teams of growth companies who already have one or more successful exits under their belt had to learn this the hard way. In their early days, with limited time and budget, startups have to accept certain shortcomings on the executive level. This ‘leadership debt’ is impossible to avoid — but ignore it at your peril.