Number of founders – UNofficial statistics

Number of founders – statistics


by fauigerzigerk / Y ycombinator.com
Nov. 9, 2007

I’ve done some research on how many founders successful technology
companies have. Here are the numbers for 100 publicly traded companies

Number of
Founders
Frequency
1 40
2 31
3 17
4 6
5 2
6 1
7 1
8 1
13 1

Some caveats

The number of sole founder companies is
probably slightly exaggerated because sometimes one person is so much
more prominent that the others are never mentioned. I did a little
double checking though. Another important thing is that some companies
were omitted because I knew only that they had several founders but I
wasn’t able to find out exactly how many. I suspect there are more
companies with 4, 5, 6 or more founders.

Unfortunately without
numbers about failed companies we still don’t know the success ratio of
each frequency group, which is what’s most interesting for startup
founders here. It is well possible that sole founders fail 10 times as
often as 2 founder companies, or vice versa.
For anyone interested in double checking (yes I’m sure there are errors
;-) here’s the full list:

Company: # of Founders
ACS 1
Activision 5
Adobe 2
Akamai 4
Altera 3
Amazon 1
AMD 8
Amphenol 1
Analog Devices 2
Ansys 1
Apple 3
Applied Biosystems 2
Aspen Technology 1
Autodesk 13
Avnet 1
Baidu 2
BEA 3
Beckman Coulter 1
BMC 3
Broadcom 2
Brocade 4
CA 1
Canon 2
Cerner 3
Check Point Software 3
CheckFree 1
Cisco 2
Citrix 1
Cognos 2
Compuware 3
CSC 3
Cypress Semiconductor 1
Cytyc 1
Dell 1
Dolby Laboratories 1
Eaton Corp. 3
Ebay 1
Electronic Arts 1
EMC 2
Fiserv 2
Flextronics 1
Garmin 4
Google 2
Harris Corp. 2
HP 2
IBM 1
IMS Health 2
Informatica 2
Infosys 7
Intel 2
Intuit 2
Jabil 2
Juniper 3
Konami 1
Kyocera 1
Lam Research 1
Logitech 3
LSI Corporation 3
Man Tech 1
McAfee 1
Micron Technology 2
Microsoft 2
Mindray 1
Motorola 2
NetApp 3
Nokia 1
Novell 4
Nvidia 3
Open 1
Oracle 3
Parametric Technology Group 1
Philips 1
Qualcomm 2
Quest Software 2
RIM 2
Roper Industries 1
SAIC 1
Salesforce 1
SanDisk 2
SAP 5
Satyam 1
Seagate 2
Siemens 1
SRA International 1
Sun Microsystems 4
SunPower 1
Sybase 2
Symantec 1
Synaptics 2
Tellabs 6
Thomson 1
TI 4
Tibco 1
Trimble Navigation 3
VMware 2
Waters Corp. 1
Wipro 1
Xerox 2
Xilinx 3
Yahoo 2

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