Quantitative analysis of start-up team composition, alignment, and mindset

  • Can you trust your gut if you feel your team is misaligned
  • Which personality types do founders have, and which ones team-up
  • What are the most and least controversial topics
  • What are the predominant opinions on topics like — under which conditions someone would leave their start-up
© Josh Calabrese

Tl;dr:

Background

Fig. 1: Sample sections from the analysis

Questionnaire and data

Fig. 2: Sample questions

How we measure alignment

  • Dichotomous (e.g. yes/no)
  • Nominal categorical (no intrinsic ordering of answers)
  • Ordinal categorical (distance between answers matters)
  • Myers Briggs (gives information about the personality)
  • Not rated (scoring does not make sense, but discussing does)

Known issues

Insights

Team size

Fig. 3: Distribution of team size

Founder personality types and pairings

Bar-chart showing the distribution of Meyers-Briggs personalities among founders in percent. Most common are ESTJ, ENTJ, ISTJ with about 14–10%.
Fig. 4: Top-10 Myers-Briggs personalities among founders

Alignment

Fig. 5: Distribution of overall alignment in teams
Fig. 6: Alignment per section
Fig. 7: Median alignment per question

Mindset

Fig. 8: Responses for “Why do you want to start a company?”
Fig. 9: Responses for “How big do you want your company to be in year 5?”
Fig. 10: Responses for “Sustainable or high growth business?”
Fig. 11: Responses for “Is your start-up a temporarily limited project or your life’s work?”
Fig. 12: Responses for “What are your personal financial goals in an exit case?”
Fig. 13: Relationship between financial goals and aimed at company size
Fig. 14: Responses for “Do you have a plan B?”
Fig. 15: Responses for “What is most important in your company culture you want to create?”
Fig. 16: Responses for “Under which conditions would you leave your start-up?” (Multiple choice)

Gut feeling and founder self-assessment

Fig. 17: Alignment score by assumed alignment

What to do next?

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👋 CTO at GoodIP, Managing Director MunichResearch. Writing about tech I am working on. Let’s connect on LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/linuskohl

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👋 CTO at GoodIP, Managing Director MunichResearch. Writing about tech I am working on. Let’s connect on LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/in/linuskohl

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