Zero-to-One Founders

I caught up with a founder recently. He’s started several companies. He’s got one running smoothly, with a management team installed. He’s got another off the ground and is currently installing the management team. Even with all this, we talked about new ideas he wants to pursue.

This founder is a zero-to-one person. He gets energy from taking something from the starting line to the end of the first leg of the race. He isn’t the person who’ll finish the rest of the race. He wants to get things going and put the right people in place to win the race. The idea of taking an idea and turning it into something—not living the entire journey—excites him.

When he’s asked why he doesn’t keep running his companies himself, his explanation is simple: He gets bored working on the same thing too long.

Entrepreneurship is a choose-your-adventure journey with lots of ways to achieve success. This founder is a good example. He’s founded several successful companies, taking them only from zero to one. After that he’s let other people capable of growing beyond one take over. He’s happy watching the companies he founded from the sideline while he incubates his next big idea.