Home LinkedIn Sequences the DNA of Startup Founders [Infographic]

LinkedIn Sequences the DNA of Startup Founders [Infographic]

One of LinkedIn’s greatest advantages is that it has a wealth of data on the workforce. It can take that data and analyze market segments to find trends of who works in a specific industry, what kind of education they have, what their background is, who they know, where they are from and so on. This morning LinkedIn released an infographic studying entrepreneurs and how they came to their position if life.

LinkedIn says it is “Sequencing the Startup DNA.” Unsurprisingly, the top three schools that startup founders come from are Stanford, Harvard and MIT Sloan. Yet, LinkedIn goes on to dispel a myth of startup founders that concoct their ideas to change the world from their dorm rooms.

LinkedIn’s data shows that 65% of startup founders are over the age of 30. Their average position length before their first startup is 2.5 years and they come from the some of the biggest tech companies in the land including Apple, Adobe, Electronic Arts, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

From a social perspective, founders are disproportionately connected to venture capitalists, bloggers and recruiters. This makes sense as those are the types of connections that founders will need to get money, get the word out and get the top talent to work at their companies. It show the value of the LinkedIn network in a specific industry. It is likely the same for other industries.

Here is a note from LinkedIn on how it identifies founders:

Startup Founders are LinkedIn professionals who identify themselves as founders (or co-founders) of U.S. companies created after 2000, with a LinkedIn company profile, and that currently have between 2 – 200 employees. We have excluded small law, consulting and real estate firms, as well as LLCs (limited liability companies) – and assembled a pool of over 13,000 entrepreneurs. We then compared them with the average LinkedIn member and highlight characteristics that disproportionately appear among startup founders.

Check out the infographic below. Entrepreneurs and founders: how closely does LinkedIn’s data mirror your own experience?

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.