The Top 3 Reasons Investors Would Remove You from Heading Your Own Start-up …and How to Avoid It!

At the Cambridge Start-up Billion Pound Scale-up Challenge event in October 2018, Suranga Chandratillake, the former CTO at HP and General Partner at Balderton Capital, mentioned the Boffin Fallacy and how research shows that the most successful tech companies in the world are run by the tech founder.

From all the interviews one thing stands out:

1. You act like you know everything all the time.

2. You act like getting investment equals “I have achieved commercial success”.

3. You fail to create a culture where people work well with each other and achieve the milestones you agreed with the board and investors.

What (more) can you do as a start-up founder?

What you can do as an Investor:



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Adelina Chalmers a.k.a The Geek Whisperer

Adelina Chalmers a.k.a The Geek Whisperer


Helps Engineers who are Leaders (CEO/ CTO/ VP) get buy-in from their peers/teams/investors by transforming Communication techniques into Algorithms