Ben Blumenfeld, a Co-Director at Designer Fund and former Design Lead at Facebook believes like engineers, an entrepreneur who designs has the ability to build the products and services he envisions. This is a massive advantage as you don’t have to rely on another person to get a first version of your product and test some of your hypothesis.
Unlike engineers, designers also have the advantage of being visual storytellers. What this means is they can often create the perception that something is real/tangible early on to rally potential cofounders and investors around their vision. This is a big advantage in the early days of a company’s formation and can continue to be a huge advantage as a big part of what a CEO does is to set and communicate the vision for the company.
But one of the disadvantages is that of perception. While more designers take the path of entrepreneurship, they are still the exception and not the rule. So, for many, investing in a designer founded company will still be perceived as a risk. One way to mitigate this is to ensure you have that mix of design, tech, and business skills and experience on your founding team.
Source- Huffington Post