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Steve Brown
Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008 10:11:46
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In my years of building early stage companies I have a few tid bits to share.

1. Prior to meeting the CEO do your homework and find out how many wins (Past Successes) this person has. If they haven't hit had any wins, ask them "Do you intend to hire a CEO to replace yourself?) This will tell you whether or not the person is determined to hold the title and risk driving the business into the ground. This doesn't mean the CEO is destine for failure but it helps to clarify whether they are aligned with the betterement of thier company.
2. Find out what the investors think of the CEO. What are thier intentions? Are they aligned with the CEO? Do they intend to replace that person and does that CEO know about it?
3. Are the investors focused on a fast exit and or are they focused on building the best possible company and then exercising their options on an exit?

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