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.