Can non-technical founders succeed in Silicon Valley?

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By Jon Nordmark, CEO, co-founder @ &; Linkedin Top Voice 2017

Last week, a recent college grad asked me: “How can a non-technical founder be CEO of a tech company?” I decided to explore the topic, and the results are surprising.

Obviously, phenomenal Silicon Valley-based startups have been founded by computer science majors. Larry Page and Sergei Brin (Google). Reed Hastings (Netflix). If you look beyond California, there’s Bezos (Amazon) who studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton.

But many successful startups have succeeded without a techie in the founder, CEO role. They include well-known names like Alibaba, Lyft, Peloton, Stitchfix, and Box …

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