10 Signs Your Child Has Startup CEO DNA

August 16, 2011

2:00 pm

There is an old adage that leaders are born and not made.  If your 3 year old complains that you are trying to dilute her when you add more milk to her chocolate milk, you just may have a budding startup founder on your hands.  So here are 10 signs that your child has the startup founder gene:

  1. Understands the Value of a $ – She doesn’t stop crying when you give her a bottle and yet she does stop crying when you give her a dollar.
  2. Everything is a Negotiation – After you ask him to take a bath, he asks you to prepare an ROI to convince him it is a valuable use of his time.
  3. Short and to the Point – She has an elevator pitch down pat for her birthday present wish list.
  4. Delegation – He’s hired your cleaning lady, the pool boy, and the lawn care guy to man his multiple lemonade stands.
  5. Practiced Preparation – She has a 10 slide PowerPoint pitch trying to convince you to upgrade her stroller.
  6. Values Positive Attitude and Work Ethic – While watching Sesame Street, he keeps yelling at Oscar the Grouch to stop whining and get a job.
  7. Well Placed Hero Worship – Instead of pictures of Mother Goose characters on her wall, she has pictures of Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, and Marissa Mayer, and when you ask her who Marissa Mayer is, she just laughs at you.
  8. Valuation-Focused – You tell him you will be paying him an allowance, and he wants to negotiate the pre-money.
  9. Understands Voting Rights – When you try and discipline her, she points out that you only have common stock with no voting rights.
  10. Creates Barriers to Entry and Exits – All his friends are locked up with non-competes that won’t allow them to change playgroups for a year after resigning from his playgroup.

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Glen Hellman (@glehel), is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and works for venture capitalists as a turn-around specialist. He is the Chief Entrepreneureator at Driven Forward LLC, frequently muses on his blog, Forward Thinking, and works with entrepreneurs to help them figure out what to do and get them to do it.

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