So my question is: Is the non-technology founder of a successful software as a service start up usually between the ages of 35 and 50 with lots of experience? If so, should I use their career development as a template for my development?
Additional Info (why I'm asking the question):
I'm about to market a software as a service product that I built, but this will be an entirely new challenge for me because my training by default is software development, not business and marketing. I've been a software developer for about 8 years. I left my full time job 3 years ago and became a freelancer because I love programming and wanted more challenging projects. Over the past 3 years, I focused on my strength and passion: programming and hiring/training new software developers to help me with programming.
Recently, I started studying the team profiles of other successful SAAS businesses. I noticed that within most of these start up teams, there's usually at least one individual who's not a product developer (neither a programmer or graphic designer) and :
a) has formed strong relationships with many important people who can further his business/vision (or people he can sell to)
b) is generally between the age of 35 and 50
When comparing myself to the individual mentioned, I often wonder if I am "too young" and in-experienced in business to make my SAAS business a financial success. I wonder if it will take at least 5-10 more years to form the necessary strong strategic relationships with influential people to further any ideas I have. I'm coming to a very difficult realization that I might have to stop coding, and to leave that to my team because that's what I taught them to do. And now I need to start learning how to market my business and build meaningful relationships with the right people...this is scary because I've never studied how to do this, and not sure how long it would take to ramp up.
In the past, I've made the mistake of partnering with other people who I thought were more business-minded to take care of the marketing and business side of things. Each time, the business failed because these individuals failed. Now I'm reluctant to let anyone else lead my business other than me or the people I've trained on my team.