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What does a startup founder actually look like and who works at startups? (infographic)

November 23, 2012 11:05 am by | 2 Comments

Startups are the hubs of innovation. But who are those intrepid souls who take on the risk of founding a company, and who indeed are the people who work there? The founder is not always the proverbial 20-something college dropout. In fact, the founder of a startup is more likely to be a 35- to 44-year-old white male who was previously a CEO of a company.

That is the conclusion of CB Insights, a venture capital and investment database, which attempted to answer the question. The data in the infographic based on those conclusions is a bit old and dates back a couple of years, but it has interesting nuggets of information nonetheless.

For instance, that old adage, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” that helps to land a job/interview may not be all correct — it’s both who you know and what you know. CB Insights found that people who are recommended are 2.5 times more likely to be qualified than those who self-apply. Work those LinkedIn contacts, people. For more, see the infographic below.

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Arundhati Parmar

By Arundhati Parmar

Arundhati Parmar is the Medical Devices Reporter at MedCity News. She has covered medical technology since 2008 and specialized in business journalism since 2001. Parmar has three degrees from three continents - a Bachelor of Arts in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; a Masters in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She has sworn never to enter a classroom again.
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2 comments
Ron Clark MD
Ron Clark MD

I am in the age bracket of 48% of founding partners of a start up, QUICK, www.quickappcompany.com; I think that this group has been around long enough to see the landscape for opportunities, but still young enough and motivated enough to start digging.