StrengthsFinder and early stage investing

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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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2 Responses

  1. The first investor in my startup was definitely and activator and maximizer. For his generation, he is also very futuristic. It seems like a lot of baby boomers have a hard time believing in millennials. Not this man. And, right now, he is off working with about 200 volunteer missionaries between the age of 18 and 26. His investments have been as much about helping others as they have been about helping entrepreneurs. He bought in, and then helped me get other investors. “Corey is in, and I think I can bet on you as the jockey, so I am in too.”

    Every entrepreneur needs a Corey!

  2. Ben Henderson

    Hello Paul,

    This might be of interest!

    Slack Technologies, found success by combining something that Silicon Valley fetishizes — rich data on how people use a product — with something it often overlooks:
    How do people actually feel while using it?

    Hope this is useful.

    Very best, and nice weekend,


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