Almost as many start-ups are founded by engineers as MBA-types, yet designer founders are rare, and when they do it's more often a consulting company. Any theories why?
2 reasons why designers shy away from product startup?
1) Designers are mostly trained to serve. We are a service profession.
2) The startup community has stacked up the deck against designers. Unless you can produce or manage/fundraise as well as design, you are a useless commodity in the startup economy.
The reality is that designer led startups happen, but usually by people w/ cross-functional talents and experiences. Most "designer" startups though are partnerships with either tech or biz (usually tech).
But the main reason why designers DO start things up is they believe in what they're starting. The passion works as energy to drive them past the impediments noted above. So unless you've got THAT what's the point.