The 5 character traits required for deep-tech entrepreneurship
The prevailing message across the start-up media and blog world seems to be that everyone should be an entrepreneur — why slave away for someone else when you could be following your dreams? The insanely hard reality of building something significant seems to have been largely lost.
I’m not talking about the failure rate, that’s definitely not a reason not to try, and there’s plenty of evidence that shows you’re more likely to end up in a better job afterwards (most of our Founders receive offers from companies they would have dreamt about working for).
I’m talking about the fact that most people just aren’t cut out for it.
We receive hundreds of applicants, the vast majority look something like the following;
I’ve published over 50 papers in top tier journals, won X major award for breakthrough science, built part of rocket at Nasa, was recently added to the X under X list and led the development of two funded start-ups.