Not all founders are CEOs
This is a common hurdle that many tech startups encounter as they transition from founding to scaling stage. Founders rightfully have an endless affinity with the business they’ve started, and naturally often have a desire to remain as CEO and lead throughout the journey.
This means it can be difficult to remove personal feelings and make the tough decisions necessary to protect the long-term health of the business. The founder and CEO mindsets are vastly different—you need to detach yourself and genuinely assess whether you are, in fact, the right person for that position. There are, of course, plenty of founders who do go on to become immensely successful CEOs, the transformation just requires a sizable pivot that might feel unnatural to many.
Scaling any tech company is arguably the biggest rollercoaster of any sector, and at a time when stakeholders expect a clear-cut route to a return on their investment, there is enormous pressure to prove exactly how, and when your ideas will deliver. However, parallel to that pressure are these tremendous highs that come from building something, often from almost nothing. Among all of the unpredictability, one thing is for certain—that as a founder of any scaling tech business, thinking big, thinking huge, is indispensable.