A good article. I’ve also found (over a 30+ year career) that older folk are often far more effective in startups than younger folk, for a variety of reasons. First of all comes the “been there, learned from that” effect — older folk of the right sort can avoid many of the traps less experienced people stumble into because they aren’t aware of them until it’s too late. Second of all, older folks are usually less focused on “making their own way in the world” and more focused on getting the job done, so they’re more likely to execute well rather than try to hijack your vision for the sake of their own ideas. Sadly most younger entrepreneurs either assume older folk “don’t get it” or are secretly intimidated by the experience level older workers enjoy.

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