Before, even design-centric product companies had to be founded by technical founders because of the narrow expertise required by the tools, not to mention the lack of user experiences and context at the time.
But that’s no longer the case, and hasn’t been for a while.
But if I draw on the data of applicants to Founder Dating, a network (which I run) of entrepreneurs ready to start their next side projects or companies, there are far fewer designer founders relative to other skill sets.
Using this data as a proxy, it’s around 15 percent; after correcting for people who are more design-appreciators than designers, it’s probably closer to 6 percent.#### Jessica Alter ##### About Jessica Alter is the co-founder & CEO of Founder Dating, an online network for entrepreneurs to connect, share, and find co-founders.
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