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Mar 8Liked by CJ Gustafson

The only nitpicky note I have is that Elon Musk was NOT a founder of Tesla. He was brought in after - even though it was a year after (small time span).

PS - both of my successful exits were Pro-CEOs but with the founders still present in some capacity.

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Fascinating read CJ.

And props on the Pinkman quote πŸ˜€

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Apr 5Liked by CJ Gustafson

OK but this ignores the (very) large universe of Founder CEOs who crashed and burned. Sure there are founders who are capable CEOs - and more power to them - but it ignores the many failures.

Secondly professional CEOs generally come in much later - and also typically when the company is in some degree of distress (otherwise why replace the founder?) - so benchmarking them against founder CEOs on metrics such as growth rate doesn't really seem valid.

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