In a meeting today* I was introduced to a new phrase which I loved, describing what I had always thought of as the ‘gravity well’ of a great founder. That is, someone who seems to have an incredible ability to attract other talented people, who can tell a story that soars above the common and conventional, and who you know will win at *something*, whether it is what they’re currently working on or not. As an investor, I am always looking for signals of momentum, and in the earliest stages these are almost never quantitative, as there is too little data to rely on. As a result, I look for signals that a founder has this:
Do you have that?
*Credit to Jacob at Ubuntu Fund.