As a serial startup founder, I always defaulted to being the CEO, and I enjoyed it at the beginning of each different business, but it became less enjoyable as the business matured. It seems that the business takes on a life of its own and the CEO starts being run by the business instead of the other way around.
That's the way it was for my first couple of startups, and then I got a little smarter and tried to hire a CEO after a few years of doing it on my own. He would have been great, but he was there only a few months and decided he needed to buy the company, but couldn't afford it. That happened twice!
While it may be good to be CEO, it can be so much better to not be CEO. Naval Ravikant (@naval) explains why, and how to find a great CEO.
For some long form video of Naval on a wide range of topics, check out the Joe Rogan podcast episode.