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Podcast: Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList, explains why you don't need to be CEO

Podcast: Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList, explains why you don't need to be CEO

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No Need To Be a CEO To Be an Effective Founder

To be a founder, you have to be world-class in something. Make sure you’re spending the majority of your time doing that thing; this is your ‘zone of genius’.

  • Not compromising will allow you to be a valuable contributor for a much more extended period of time and avo...

Free time is an incredibly valuable asset – a full calendar can be good for productivity but not creativity

Creativity starts with an empty calendar, but eventually, your calendar gets filled up with execution and a busy calendar is the death of creativity

Having control of yo...

The companies that succeed are always reinventing themselves and their products

Regardless of positional title, creative people within a company need to have the opportunity to control their time in a way that optimizes and maximizes their creative potential

If you let operati...


Be free of mind and free of time. Boredom leads to creativity.

  • Traditional CEO: raise money, communicate the strategy, recruit and retain the team
  • Product CEOs: provide product vision
  • Sales CEOs: provide sales leadership

Discussing burdens as a CEO is hard as our board could ...

CEO is the job you take because there is no other choice, you don’t trust anyone but yourself to make the venture successful

  • CEO is a high-stress, people management role.  
  • The CEO is the company psychiatrist, always dealing with people issues.

If you’re the founder of a company, you’re probably world-class in something

There is someone out there that is world-class in the things you don’t want to do

Don’t just hire off of skill though, you will only truly hand over the reins if you believe they have a like-minded ‘f...


You want to spend all your time on that thing you are good at. Everything else is a necessary evil that should be outsourced.


If I had to articulate how happy I am today, you’d have to lock me up, you can’t have people this happy running around in society.

Naval no longer keeps a calendar but is busy all day long. But, he prioritizes whatever feels most important to him at that moment.

  • Even when you have to do unpleasant things, at least you do them without them being forced upon you.
  • You can only live this lifestyle if you’re wi...

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