There are a lot of resources for founder/CEOs to try and wrap our heads around the insanity that is entrepreneurship, many of them are blogs by venture capitalist. Mark Suster is one of best VC-bloggers. He has a blog called Both Sides of the Table meaning he's been on (and cares about) the VC side of the equation and the founder/entrepreneur side as well. I dig it. He says some stuff I don't agree with, but he did post a list of the qualities he thinks makes up a winning entrepreneur.
I think it's a pretty inclusive list, with two exceptions.
1. Transparency. I think this is a quality of growing significance in today's economy, workforce and media landscape especially with the growing attention paid to (and scrutiny of) decision making by startup founders (e.g. Jack Dorsey when he led Twitter, the founders of Uber, etc.)
With privacy concerns and financial transactions happening through mobile devices, the role of transparency is paramount in the goings on of many a tech company from Google on down to startups like ours and while a certain degree of secrecy is necessary to maintain competitive advantages (see: Apple), I think it's important for founders and CEOs especially to be mindful of the levels of information investors, employees and consumers/users need. It's a balancing act, one size does not fit all, and it's another source of stress for people in my position, but it's something I try to cover in fairly regular emails to my investors and even here on Facebook since some of you look at some of the things I'm doing.
2. Authenticity. This doesn't need a long description. To me, you know authenticity when you see it, hear it and feel it. It's like love. You just know.
I think that's the difference between Yelp and Localeur, too. We're building something rooted in the authenticity of local information, not just quantity of local information.
Authenticity starts with the founder / CEO and it's something I put a lot of time and thought to ensuring is a major part of what we do.