Category: startups, data analysis, benchmarks, management, compensation


There’s no doubt we’re in the founder-CEO era of startups. Ten or twenty years ago, hiring a professional CEO to run a business was de rigeur. But today, it’s less and less common. At the seed stage, nearly all CEOs are founders. No surprise there since the company is so young. But at the Series D, founder CEOs helm approximately 70% of venture backed startups in the Bay Area. This is up from 53% in 2014.