I visited the other day with the FIRST INVESTOR IN ANCESTRY.COM. He is an amazing man, a retired entrepreneur, a mentor to hundreds of entrepreneurs, and a very successful investor.
He was not only the first investor in Ancestry.com (which is worth billions), but also in 1-800-CONTACTS (probably worth $500M) and in Omniture, which sold to Adobe for $1.8 billion.
His top 5 includes Futuristic, Activator, Maximizer and Significance.
I told him his Futuristic/Activator explains why he was the first investor in so many great companies!! (His Maximizer and Significance surely played a role too!)
I think this is a sweet combination of strengths for an angel investor or venture capitalist. Many investors are followers. Only a few have what it takes to be the first money in.
Do you know any other investors or entrepreneurs who have a set of strengths that explains why they are pioneers, first to act, etc?
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