Co-founders come in many shapes and sizes. What's valuable?
As in other careers, people have different mindsets, ways of dealing with problems and tackling them.
Extroverts take more risks and act faster.
This isn't necessarily good. They might be reckless or too pushy. But they will push you when you're indecisive.
Introverts are slow, think things through, take less risks.
They are better for subjects that aren't urgent and need in-depth reflection and deliberation.
You can overcome nature, e.g. there are confident introverts
Many successful entrepreneurs are. They're introverts by nature and prefer solitude, but have conditioned themselves to public speak, interact and sell.
Introverts and extroverts have different work preferences.
Introverts prefer being alone to reflect. Extroverts prefer contact, collaboration, team work.
Our society is heavily tilted towards extroverts.
Criteria for success in high schools, universities and work depends on how well you work with teams, how you articulate, how you collaborate. But not what you do as an individual.
Understand other personalities to succeed in your startup.
Extroverts might be better for sales, marketing, operations, that don't require in-depth thinking and benefit from fast reactions. Introverts might be better for strategy, algorithms, and so on.
And that's it! Hope it was helpful.
Knowledge on this topic came from two great books: - Quiet by Susan Cain; - Originals by Adam Grant; More at http://www.vascopatricio.com or my Medium (https://medium.com/@vascopatricio)