What do you look for in an entrepreneur/founder? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Saam Motamedi, Venture Capitalist at Greylock Partners, on Quora:

At Greylock, we have the privilege of working with an incredible group of entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds. All of them share the below qualities (in no particular order) and are some of what I personally look for to get excited about partnering with a new entrepreneur and founding team:

  1. Fundamental Market Insight - Whether the company is going after an existing market with incumbents, or focused on creating a new category, the entrepreneur has an insight about what the customer wants, or how a solution should be better architected and delivered. Often this means that the founder has some domain relevance from a previous journey, where they unlocked these insights, but we have also backed founders who are new to their domain and have had successfully derived new insights from a first-principled approach.
  2. Learners Mindset - We invest in slope, not y-intercept. The best founders are learning animals - learning from their customers about the product to build and surrounding themselves with world-class teammates, executives and advisors who push them to improve operationally.
  3. Customer Centricity - Customers. Customers. Customers.
  4. Iteration Speed - If the broad area a new company is started in is fertile, velocity becomes a key determinant to success. Iterating on product based on customer feedback, speed of software delivery and go-to-market execution.
  5. Storytelling Ability - Company building involves successful story telling and persuasion of multiple constituent groups: recruits and teammates, customers, partners, and investors. The best founders are able to inspire and drive the inevitability of their visions.
  6. Recruiting Magnet - Is this someone who will be able to attract world class talent to join them in their new mission? Particularly important in a recruiting environment as tight and competitive as the current one in Silicon Valley, and in technology more broadly.
  7. Grit - Every company journey goes through ups and downs. The best entrepreneurs keep getting up after they get knocked down.
  8. Playing the Long Game - At Greylock, our objective is to support our partnered companies into building independent, enduring companies. This requires commitment to building for and optimizing over very long time horizons.

This question originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. You can follow Quora on Twitter and Facebook. More questions: