Create your DNAOct. 10, 2016
By Kobi Sambourky, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Glilot Capital Partners
Published In: Top Israeli Tech Executives Talk - in The Jerusalem Post
I wholeheartedly believe that the founding team, and, most importantly, the lead founder, is the most important factor in every company. This is true not only for young, fragile startups, it is very much the case for big, mature companies as well. Moreover, the founding team is not only important for a limited period of time, it remains the most pivotal variable in the long run, years after the establishment of the company.
I am always intrigued by the founder’s role in industry leading hi-tech companies. Apple is a great example. Apple was founded by a brilliant entrepreneur, Steve Jobs, who some argue is the greatest that ever lived. The positive elements of his character are very clearly ingrained in the company’s products, culture and even its P&L reports. The company’s unparalleled capability to innovate and its undeterrable drive for perfection are a clear derivative of Jobs’ extreme personality. In the same way, Jobs’ less positive characteristics are also evident at Apple—the need for control over every minute detail and all aspects of product usage are a testament to those aspects of Jobs’ personality.