At some point, every CEO is a first-time CEO. I’ve met and worked with phenomenal first- time CEOs. They had all internalized leadership lessons from their mentors and bosses, and had a clear vision about cultural norms and responsibilities to their companies.
As a venture capital investor, I wish some of them also were more aware of VC dynamics and interests:
- The different decision-making processes at different VC partnerships
- What we hear when you say “I am confident that we will end up with a $2.2M quarter”
- What we mean when we say “It’s good to have all options on the table”
- What it means when “you need to get the burn rate down”
- What you need to do when “you have to become more strategic”
I understand that this is a two-way street: we should perhaps be more explicit and specific when we realize you have some blind spot. I also believe there must be many things we as VCs don’t hear or hear differently. I’d love to hear those, too, preferably at email@example.com.