- Successful early-stage venture management teams are often comprised of the "Three Musketeers": the General Manager (President), the Product/Operations Manager (VP), and the Marketing/Sales Manager (VP).
- More than three people leading the venture and the communication channels start to become too complex.
- Less than three leading managers and the workload starts to become too intense. If there is a Fourth Musketeer, it could be a Financial Manager (VP?)
- The General Manager concentrates on the cash flow, keeping the venture profitable, and stimulating growth.
- The Product/Operations Manager is primarily internally focused on creating solutions that are better than the competition.
- The Marketing/Sales Manager is primarily externally focused on solving customer problems.
- The team is a cohesive entity focused on what is best for the venture and its customers ... one for all, all for one.
- Successful management teams are comprised on individuals who are competent, have complementary skills, and collaborative styles.
- Together the team is purposeful, passionate, and persistent.
- Together the team is focused on earning a profit solving customer problems better than the competition.
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