What do the best founders look like before they’re founders?

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Key Takeaways

  • Entrepreneur First has a comprehensive dataset that they believe gives them a unique insight into what makes the best founders
  • The best founders have edge and experience
  • Edge and experience falls into three categories, technical, product and domain edge
  • Technical edge is built on complex defensible technology
  • Domain edge accelerates the ideation process and gives founders a strong network to support their venture
  • Domain edge is usually achieved in roughly 2 -5 years
  • Product edge comes from previous experience building and shipping significant tech products
  • Recent graduates should work on their edge and experience and not lose sight of their goals


Matt Clifford
Co-Founder & CEO at Entrepreneur First