i have the idea for this events based website but how do i know if i need to hire a CEO or if i can be one.
1: i am not that social but i can communicate clearly on the topics of my interests/ideas.
2: i have never managed people but i know i tend to be a micromanager
what are the qualities/skills required for one to be a CEO.
this will help me focus myself to be complete technical guy or hone my management skills to execute my idea myself and not think about hiring a CEO.
Having been a CEO of several small tech companies in Silicon Valley, here is a summary of what I've found the job to be:
So what skills does it take?
What you don't need:
Problem #1: You believing "being CEO" is some magical thing which requires special skills you don't possess. That's a compliment, BTW! :-)
There are many kinds of successful CEOs, once a company is going:
Of course these are also things traditionally thought of as CTO, COO, CFO, ... but usually the CEO "naturally leans" one way or another.
I've seen companies with all sorts of leaders, both successful and unsuccessful. Point being: there's no formula or correct set of skills.
Result: Like others here have said, your job right now is to match product to market need, without putting a label on it.
After revenue appears, there's plenty of time to figure out what kind of leader you are, and plug your weaknesses with others you trust to help out.
If you are at an idea stage, then your biggest problem is not whether you'd make a good CEO or not, but creating a demo / product so you can start getting users / customers. If you have enough technical skills to build it, I'd say that's #1.
In general, I'd say #1 skill of co-founder CEO is ability to sell, whatever that may mean for your business. Also, since you'll be focused on technical work, your CEO can do a lot of other things, like talking to potential clients, evaluating product / market fit, etc.
Syed, the most important step towards launching any product is market validation. You need to talk to potential customers of your products. To as many as possible. Entrepreneurs who miss that step and end up building products that miss the mark.
Depending on what the product is, if you are not a domain expert in that field, then you should surround yourself with people who are experts. This could mean hiring an expert in that field as an executive.
In a startup environment, particularly if you are bootstrapping, there are no clear role demarkations. You need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done. Sometimes it is talking to customers, pitching to potential investors, brain storming on marketing strategy, or even testing the code.
Instead, if you are a VC funded company, then the VCs may force you to bring in an external CEO if they think you are not experienced enough.
Your question is too hard to answer without knowing the specifics of your situation.
I'm writing a series on my blog on exactly this topic. I've published the first 6 out of 11 traits and the other 5 are written but will be published early in January. The first 6 are below. If you click on this link Entrepreneur DNA it takes you to a page where you can click through and read each article in full:
I agree with the above answer. Just worry about being the technical guy for the demo/alpha and then worry about the CEO role. My biggest qualification for a CEO is the ability to present (investor presentations, sales) and to make decisions with the team. Also, the business-know how. A lot of people claim that business people are useless in Tech companies but I don't agree fully. I see the point, but some business sense helps.
You really do need to find a CEO type on your own. That will be the best thing for you. VC's want a team and having a solid CEO and Technical Guy (You) will be better than you going by yourself.
In terms of characteristics of a good CEO, my list is:
Are you kidding? At your stage of business development you get to be the CEO by default. Oh, and the Director of Maintenance Services as well. Would you like to know what it takes to be a good custodian too?
Just kidding and having some fun.
Read the E-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber and strap yourself in for an adventurous and breathtaking ride. Enjoy the journey.
Good Luck, Tommy Jaye
P.S. Great post Edwinoh!