Hired Gun CEOs - Andreessen says "Don't do it" - Why Not?

In Mark Andreessen's latest blog entry in the "guide to startups" series, he tells companies not to hire a professional CEO. Leaving us to ponder why? I co-founded a company that hired a professional CEO. Later in my career, I was hired as a CEO for a company I did not found. In neither case did I feel like I was involved in something that was illogical and don't regret either decision. That being said, here are my top 5 reasons Mark might be saying this: 1. You can't hire passion. 2. If you're still finding your way, how do you figure out what you need in a leader? 3. New hires are a 50/50 gamble. Do you want to flip a coin regarding the leader of your company? 4. You can't pay enough. 5. Lingering founder doubt, especially if you resolve #4.

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