Dave Balter is one of the nice & cool CEOs on the startup scene in Boston. I have known him for a while because our firms are both backed by General Catalyst Partners.
I respect Dave a lot for how he thinks and how he treats people. In this awesome article he wrote for INC, Dave talks about how he got cocky as a CEO enjoying high growth and success. He discusses how his company may have failed if he did not correct his attitude and become more humble.
I think this advice is incredibly applicable to CEOs and to high performing people across the experience spectrum. The willingness to learn, be coachable, optimistic, and work with a team toward a bigger goal are key characteristics of anyone who wants to grow, progress, and innovate.
And big ups to Dave for the sale of his company!
Rob Go is one of the founders of NextView Ventures – a new seed stage “micro-vc” fund in Boston/Cambridge. His partners are Lee Hower and David Beisel. Talk about a small world: Dave and I actually went to the same high school outside of Pittsburgh PA. Anyway, I’m honored to be an advisor to NextView and I think these guys are absolutely fantastic for the startup community around here.
Here is a talk that Rob gave recently about identifying great founders of startups: