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It takes more than the next new thing to kickstart a high tech company: It takes a visionary, or two, to spread the gospel, convert disciples and attract venture capital. After this initial infusion of ideas, human capital and a first round of financing, the startup begins to look less like a ragtag band of disciples with computers set up in a living room and more like a company poised for growth.
In order to grow, it also takes more than a visionary/founder extraordinaire to manage the company's development; it takes a seasoned chief executive officer. And there's no one else who cares more about finding the right person for the job than the people who want a return on their investment: the startup's venture capital firm.