I am conducting scientific research in this matter. Let me know your opinion via this short (5-9mins), fun and anonymous choice-experiment:
This research has already been completed and analyzed by other organizations. Granted it was limited to the founder mix in tech startups. But it was thorough in tracking the evolution of companies based on their founder structure/talents, and categorized outcomes.
you are absolutely right, there is a lot of research on the matter of team composition impacting performance variables of startups. Depending on the market situation and which performance outcome is investigated, both, homogeneous teams and heterogeneous teams might be more beneficial. What I am taking a closer look at is interpersonal preferences that exist independent of a persons network. The reason why this is important is that, although in many situations heterogeneity of founder teams might be beneficial, the observable team composition in pactice is very homogeneous. The question I would like to answer is whether or not there is a basic interest of potential co-founders (a so far omitted perspective) to co-found with diverse entrepreneurs.