Software and Accountability
In the construction of a software business and product an accountable party is paramount to its nimbleness, survival, and growth. Leaders of small startups are sometimes technical people themselves, the shipbuilder and the captain, and sometimes not: the technical cofounder. Cases in which the leaders are not implementors and there is no established technical cofounder (read: accountable party) I’ve seen organizational confusion, shaky alignment of execution with vision, and vision that lacks clarity.
The accountable party is the person focusing their attention on the vision and folding into it, solutions. The journey of a product and business is a stream of course corrections that tack on an execution path, or product, that fits with a market and solves a legitimate problem...