In the world of high-growth technology startups, many people have weighed in on the ideal functional backgrounds for founders. Common models are:
- Hipster, Hacker, Hustler - The trio of designer, developer, and sales person.
- Technical Founders - Think Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. Founders get extra credibility for dropping out of college.
- Design Founders - The success of Apple and Airbnb show the potential world-changing impact of design thinking.