During a coffee meeting with a founder a few weeks ago, he tossed out a question I had never really considered: who’s your favorite founder?
Elon? Zuck? he suggested with a smirk.
I paused to think.
Hmmm… I think it would have to be Sara, I replied.
He was confused.
What’s her startup? Has she raised venture capital?
He reached for his phone to search Crunchbase to look for her seed investors.
Actually, I explained, Sara is my sister. She’s a comedian. Which makes her a founder as well.
The guy was perplexed. I explained that in my three years working as a venture capitalist, there were few founders I had come across who had displayed as much courageousness, resourcefulness and resilience as my sister in navigating her career as a creative and comedian.
Through my experiences as a VC, I have come to appreciate the many similarities between artists and startup founders.
Sara started with a vision, she created an MVP (her materials, of which I am often the target), took them to market, and to this day, she continues to receive customer feedback and adjusts her act accordingly.