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Ageism and the Startup World

“People under 35 are the people who make change happen. People over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas.” –– VC Vinod Khosla


Ageism in the startup world is a problem. A big one.

Actually, I prefer working with founders 35 and up. They have more maturity, wisdom, education, discipline and resources. They have a reputation on which you can build a company, and the network to get the resources and the people. They also have patience, definitely an underrated skill.

The downside for some VCs is that they have to treat older startup entrepreneurs as peers, not peons. We won’t put up with the “Ramen and RedBull” attitude of a typical accelerator program. Founders 35+ are also less likely to be swayed by the personality cult around some investors. They know that their loyalty is first and foremost to their business. This, in my opinion, is good.

Besides, I’m 50 and I think I have a few more good ideas left in me!

For more information

“What’s the best age to launch a startup?” (VentureBeat)

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