Beware the cult of founder personality companies, above all

I’ve worked at 3–4 companies in my life with headcounts around 175–300 — so not massive companies, but decent-sized, having to make semi-big payrolls — and in each of those cases, the place had a larger-than-life founder, oftentimes very establishes or revered in a specific industry. In one case, the founder’s name was actually on the door. Typically in these types of organizations, the…