144. The 8 Startup Profiles & Those that Make for the Strongest Investments (Guy Turner)

Guy Turner 8 Founder Profiles for Success

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Guy Turner of Hyde Park Venture Partners joins Nick to cover founder profiles and the characteristics that lead to the strongest startups. We address questions including:

  • You’ve observed over 50 startups, across your portfolio, and have written extensively about founder profiles. What are the two high-level categories of characteristics that you’ve observed?
  • Within the inspection characteristics category… what are the three dimensions that matter most?
  • The first two modes seem to differ primarily on the experience dimension… what are the two modes and what are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • Mode 3 you call the exec turned founder…. and mode 4 seems to have the ingredients for big outcomes or big flameouts. Walk us through each of these and their defining characteristics.
  • We’ve discussed four modes, but based on your framework there should be eight. What about the other four modes?
  • Do you think modes 1 and 2 work better for all investors or just HPVP?
  • Dealflow filtering and evaluation… can you use the inspection characteristics?
  • So we’ve discussed the inspection characteristics… let’s transition to the the second major category, the experience characteristics. Talk more about what they are and how you assess them.
  • What are the five actions that matter most in startup teams?
  • How do you handle a situation where the deal comes late and there’s already a term sheet and you don’t have time to observe these characteristics over time?
  • What are the five styles that matter most?
  • Self-reflection… Do you, Ira and Tim look in the mirror and consider these expectations w/ respect to the skills valued in running your firm, HPVP?
  • How about for building the team at HPVP… do you apply founder assessment criteria in your hiring?
  • Are there any soft skills or overlooked founder characteristics that you haven’t written about but you look for?
  • What’s your take on the issues w/ ethics, not only amongst founders but at the investor level?

 

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