Fun Friday: What Is Your Myers Briggs Personality Type?

Last night at dinner Jessica and her friends Phoebe and Alex got to talking about the Myers Briggs personality type. Alex asked me a few questions and said to me "you are INTP". She did the same with the Gotham Gal and opined that she was "ENFJ". 

So this morning I took a Myers Briggs test on the Internet and sure enough, Alex was right. I am an INTP:

Myers briggs result

I did a little bit of looking around about INTP and found these two pages, portrait of an INTP and well known INTPs

That was fun for me so I thought it might be fun for all of us. If you want to play along today on Fun Friday, take the test (it took me about 3-4 mins) and then tell us in the comments what your Myers Briggs personality type is.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. bengfai

    I’m a INTJ …I’m wondering if there is any correlation between certain personality blends in co-founding teams and successful companies? (and perhaps similarly successful marriages :p)

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Pretty sure there is. It would be cool to see teams publish their results.Part of the problem though for accuracy is self-awareness and ability to answer the questions accurately.

      1. Fernando Gutierrez

        Yup, difficult to separate who you want to be and who you really are. I think that is the reason whe are all getting very similar results (INTJ or INTP)… or we are a pretty homogeneous group.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          I’m sure there’s a group out there always under-presented who don’t care to do tests like these.. πŸ™‚

          1. Fernando Gutierrez

            Extroverts, they are out there having a life πŸ™‚

          2. Donna Brewington White

            That’s funny. I took the test but have been too busy to post the results.

          3. Fernando Gutierrez

            Point taken! πŸ™‚

      2. damiansen

        There was high complementary when i studied it. Most couples are statistically I+E, not I+I or E+E for instance

    2. JamesHRH

      Absolutely.I am not a MB person. It is actually to detailed to be field effective, IMO. Its a ruminating, belly-button gazing tool.Fred is 56% Intuitive? Really?The far more compelling, simple and generally effective system is the Enneagram. It is constrained (9 types v. 16) and consequently, more useful. You can get ‘close enough’ on people, very quickly. You can then tailor your behaviour to create positive interactions.Most monster startups are founded by a 5 (MS – Gates, GOOG – Page, FB – Zuck), with some combination of a 7 (MS – Allen, GOOG – Brin, FB – Hughes / Parker).The intuitive / seer combination is what unearths massive opportunity.A lot of these companies have an 8 (think @JLM here) in a key roll – Ballmer @ MS, Sandberg @ GOOG/FB. Larry Ellison is an 8, FWIW. Jack Welch of GE is an 8.What is interesting is what happens when a company does not get balance in the founders – Apple’s history a classic example (Jobs is the all-time 7).What is also interesting is that the American culture is that of a 3 (think of Michael Jordan’s relentless competitiveness), yet very few great tech companies are founded by 3s (Dell, Amazon are best examples).Fred is a 5, but he knows that already πŸ˜‰

      1. ShanaC

        actually, the most peer reviewed of personality testing is OCEAN…Unfortunately, they don’t have the rah rah factor of Ennegram or Myers-Briggs. It also turns out most people cluster within a certain range. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if founding teams were overbalanced in some areas over others

        1. Brock Hayes

          Great point. On the basis of being reliable (stable results over time) and predictive (ability to predict future performance) the Big 5 is likely superior to Meyers-Briggs. A good test for these personality traits can be found here: http://www.personalitytest….

    3. ShanaC

      they say there is. I would not be surprised if certain pairing appeared more often. but that doesn’t equal non-success of others

    4. Donna Brewington White

      Well after seeing my results I am ready to put myself on the market as a non-technical cofounder. ENTJ

      1. Abs Ghosh

        Good idea, fellow ENTJ… πŸ™‚

        1. Donna Brewington White

          haha…but true

  2. Matt A. Myers

    INTJIntrovert(56%) iNtuitive(50%) Thinking(38%) Judging(44%)You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (44%)I think I got the judging aspect from my mother.In part too I think it’s why I’m so concerned with my behaviour and actions, how they affect other people. I judge myself pretty hard – it sucks sometimes, though getting better at it.I’m curious what the questions were that lead to higher Judging over Perceiving. There are a few questions that I was really 50/50 on, mostly because my behaviour change has shifted more to the other side more recently – though new behaviours aren’t fully formed, so didn’t feel right clicking the newer way; Would have been nice to have a ‘about the same’ option..Edit: I decided to go back and switch those “about the same” options, and my Judging over Perceiving moved to slight preference, 11% from 44%.

  3. kidmercury

    I love myers briggs. I’m an INTJ.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Hey fellow INTJ..

  4. Avi Deitcher

    These things can change.I took one at the beginning of B-school, I was INTJ; at the end of B-school I was ENTJ.4 years later – of running my own consulting business and learning to do sales – I took one again, and I was ESTJ.If I went back into a company full-time, I would be a very different type of exec than before.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      This is cool. People definitely evolve as they learn more. Apparently when learning new languages this can having a pretty high influence too, even with personality of how people speak – changing all language tone, etc..Oh, and about to finish up a whitepaper which I’m going to ask you, one of many AVC’ers, to review/look over… πŸ™‚

    2. Anne Libby

      I’ve often wondered how much context matters. Back in the day when I worked for a large firm, I consistently tested as ENTP. Out here “in the wild” when I’ve done this test, I’ve been far likelier to get the J result…

      1. Avi Deitcher

        Hmm, I was thinking about it as trait that changes slowly over time due to experience, not about state as affected by current context. I imagine my wife (almost done with her doctorate in psychology, and a lot of experience with testing) would have some real insight. I sent her a link to today’s blog.

    3. JamesHRH

      Avi, one of the powerful elements of the Enneargram is the principle that you move between personality traits, based on being in a normal, stressed or higher performance mode.Many introverts become extroverted under stress or in a higher performance mode.It is also one of the reasons the Enneargram is so field effective – it is easy to pick out someone under stress, which then leads to an easy typing of that behaviour.

      1. Avi Deitcher

        Enneargram? What is it?

        1. JamesHRH

          Oops – Enneagram. Non-quant personality system.It defines your ‘currency’ with reality – what is it that you use to connect to the world around you. It is flexible, powerful and fast (see other comments).http://www.enneagraminstitu…This is a good starting point –

    4. ShanaC

      that doesn’t surprise me.The best research comes out of using Big Five/Ocean categories. They’ve seen longitudinal changes in personality as people age. You’re normal.

      1. Avi Deitcher

        I’ll try not to take offense at being called “normal”; I assure you I take pride in being anything but!

  5. Pete

    INTJ. Wondering of there is any correlation between personality types and responding to blog posts asking about personality types.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Ha. I think I’ve responded to every comment made today so far… I’m an INTJ.Perhaps we just get up earlier, are more rested because we’re introverted, etc..

    2. Fernando Gutierrez

      I would say that we, the moderate/slight introverts (INTJ in my case, with moderate tendency to introversion), respond more to blog posts. Extroverts are out there interacting with people in real life. Distinctive introverts don’t want to interact at all.

      1. Matt A. Myers

        I’m not sure that’s the reality of it, not at least for me – and I ranked as INTJ too.I feel in most day-to-day, face-to-face interactions, conversation and interaction is generally shallow – and it’s loud out there with lots of noise and distractions. If conversation in general, when being outside and engaged with people had more depth to it on a regular basis, and it was a more quiet environment, then I think all introverts would be much more interactive.If you mean by distinctive introverts – that they’re uncomfortable with interaction – it could be perhaps they never learned or worked through whatever was making them shy?

    3. ShanaC

      so far, not so much?

    4. Joschka Tryba

      All you INTJ’s should check this blog out. It actually made me feel a little less lonely…

  6. maverickny

    ENTPIt has produced the same result consistently over the last 20 years, much to my surprise!

    1. Matt A. Myers

      It’d be neat to now see what kind of life you lead, lifestyle activities, etc.. πŸ™‚ For everyone that is. πŸ™‚

      1. btrautsc

        that would be fascinating.

  7. Christopher Herbert


    1. Matt A. Myers

      I want to make a beat with that.. INFP INFP INFP

    2. andyidsinga

      and of course on the INFP celebrities page there are no evil people http://www.celebritytypes.c… …I guess evil doers aren’t idealists – go figure πŸ™‚

      1. Jeffrey Hartmann

        Change it to ENFP though and you get ‘good’ people like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Muammar Gaddafi, and Hugo Chavez. The evil idealists are more extroverted it seems.

  8. William Mougayar

    INTJ – Eureka, I’m a Scientist, perhaps a Mad one. http://www.personalitypage….Newton, Keynes, Zuckerberg, Adams, JP Sartre, Augustus & JayZ are my MB buddies.How about a poll box with the 16 types?My T is 62%. Maybe I’m over-Thinking it πŸ˜‰

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Good writeup on The Scientist. Fits for me too.I always tell people I just observed the world as a child, and didn’t interact very much. I’m definitely getting better with the interacting and conversing these past years though. :)I wonder if this is a good measure of health in some ways. My current thinking is it can give some insight anyhow. I wonder if you changed certain behaviours if your — not that your “thinking level” would reduce, just that it would become more in balance with everything else – and whether that results in more productivity, more thinking perhaps even – or just a better sense of internal balance (stress-level wise, perhaps measurable).

      1. William Mougayar

        I’m not sure…There is no good or bad Types. They’re all good. It’s just a self-awareness thing. Maybe if you’re an extreme in one mode, then you can realize you could adjust.

  9. Mac

    Long ago my wife informed me that there was no need for me to take tests like this.She explained that my personality type fit the profile of an ARPM….A Rented Pack MuleShe’s good.

    1. fredwilson


    2. ShanaC


      1. Mac

        Shanna, it has simplified my life.

  10. awaldstein

    I”ve always disagreed with JLM and firmly believe that every generation does indeed invent sex.And rankings, scores, and their own lingo.Case in point in this for certain.INTP

    1. Matt A. Myers

      I am thinking my INTJ will turn into a INTP once I’ve over come some fear of survival that still lingers, which will then kill the slight judgement-coloured lens of the world.

      1. Donna Brewington White

        I wonder though how much this can be situational. Seems like it would measure something more intrinsic. Although, somehow I went from being an ENTP to being an ENTJ since I last took this test years ago. Perhaps because as I get older I am becoming less patient with being a visionary and want to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!Although when I first took the test this time around very early in the morning I had an even more shocking result which caffeine fixed. I never commented because I was at Disneyland that day celebrating my son’s birthday.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Life circumstances / situational is very likely the actual result. If I never feel safe or secure then I imagine I won’t turn into INTP – passive viewing versus actively analyzing (perhaps with purpose, drive-oriented instead of natural base theory guiding thoughts).

    2. Aaron Klein

      I’d like to think I did.ENTP here.

      1. awaldstein

        Still are…There’s nothing new except everything is to each new generation.Seriously, that’s my advising positioning in a snapshot. Lots of knowledge, lots of perspective, lots of rules of thumb–but everything gets applied not necessarily followed.

        1. Dale Allyn

          I don’t disagree with your thesis, but drawing JLM’s metaphor in to illustrate your thesis seems a bit off the “x ring” (IMHO). They seem like two different conversations to me.JLM likes to use his metaphor to suggest that each generation arrogantly takes claim of some basic and obvious function; while you’re accurately presenting that each generation has fresh perspective and new opportunities that are meaningful to the “process evolution”.Arrogance of youth is nothing new; and to ignore brilliant observation, development, and expansion provided by youth, is pure foley.Both are correct. πŸ™‚

          1. Elia Freedman

            Wait… IMHO? That’s not on the Myers-Briggs scale! πŸ™‚

          2. Dale Allyn

            haha. I know, right? See my comment below where I suggest rewriting the questions (sort of). πŸ˜‰

  11. abhisshack

    INFP ( The Idealist )Introvert(89%) iNtuitive(50%) Feeling(38%) Perceiving(33)%You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)

    1. Matt A. Myers

      You trying to say you’re ideal? πŸ˜‰

  12. Matt A. Myers

    Put a poll up @036fa00478f3563f6e081004ee5981d4:disqus – so people can vote once they’ve taken the test?

    1. andyidsinga

      put a poll up @fredwilson:disqus (trying to juice Matt’s comment)

  13. LIAD

    ISTP FTW!Wife is ENFJ#oppositesAttract. She completes me and supposedly I do her.Alternatively. We have nothing in common and the potential to fight about everything.

    1. JimHirshfield

      As in, she completes your sentences?

    2. Matt A. Myers

      I tried to get into a relationship like this. I think that whole love/hate thing would have strongly developed – which is workable if both sides are able to be kind.. unfortunately she wasn’t able..

      1. LIAD

        Happily married for 13 years.

    3. Donna Brewington White

      Deleted …weak moment.

  14. David Repas

    INTJIntrovert(78%) iNtuitive(75%) Thinking(25%) Judging(56%)It would be interesting to see the overall results of the AVC community versus the general public.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Now that’s a neat stat to look at! πŸ™‚

      1. William Mougayar

        Shana will find a way to do it. She’s probably working on it already πŸ™‚

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Ha. Very likely!

        2. ShanaC

          i’m working on pushing code, sorry guys

          1. William Mougayar

            I was half-joking. Coding is good!!

  15. JimHirshfield

    BSURSUCSIM[James Taylor knows what I’m talkin’ about]

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Sounds intense.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          SFW? In a cafe, Cafe Expressions exactly. πŸ˜›

          1. JimHirshfield

            SFW, for sure. Just music.

  16. Neil Desai

    I did this a few years ago. I’m an ENFP. Seems like people of my personality type aren’t a common occurrence in the startup world.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Each of these terms, example judging vs. perceiving, are actually just on a sliding scale … if you’re perceiving, you just have a low judging level – and then once it reaches a certain point “it’s decided” that you’re into the judging side of it. We’re all really the same underneath. πŸ˜‰

  17. Boss Hogg

    INTP. Scores very close to 50%, but I’ve taken the test twice, and it’s barely INTP.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Maybe the internet’s broken – or you’re evolving. πŸ™‚

  18. damiansen

    INTP as well.Question: Some say Steve Jobs was **E**NTP but I don’t think he was an **E**. Anyone would have some thoughts about that? In the same way as Fred, I believe that introverts go as extroverts often.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      No way he was extroverted.I think he was stuck in his head though – which ‘gave him’ a lot of energy, though kept him out of his body – where you rest is yin – and you’re more yang when in your head.

    2. Fernando Gutierrez

      I agree, introverts can go as extroverts if they are also thinkers because they rationalize that they need to be more open to other people and that is stronger than their tendency to introversion.

      1. Matt A. Myers

        I feel the real main difference between introvert and extrovert is the physical body and how it’s used. Extroverts seem to be more into sports, and/or body building, etc. – perhaps even more capable with their bodies.Also, with extrovert – putting out to the world – vs. introvert – taking in from the world primarily.I wonder somewhat how much it has to do with neural networks in the brain, and perhaps density and/or redundancy levels.

  19. Dale Allyn

    INTJI “struggle” with some of the questions because my answer to some is a strong “neither”, and those tend to cluster in similar or related areas. I suspect that if I retest on different days the outcome will be similar, but the percentages will vary. I’d be curious to see a more extensive query set to help overcome those problem questions.

  20. Julien

    ENTJ for me!

    1. Traci

      I’m an INFJ also. Rare, like a unicorn puppy.

  21. James Ferguson @kWIQly

    ENFPRanking 4= withHoroscopeFrenologyHand-writing analysisCausation != Correlation

  22. Fraser

    Interesting that INTJ’s make up a relatively small slice of the population at large but are well represented within the AVC community. Wonder what that means πŸ™‚

  23. Barry Nolan

    Hi. I’m Barry and I’m and INTP.

  24. Mario Valente

    INTP or INTJ, depending on the test.

  25. Andrew Kennedy


  26. btrautsc

    After reading through the comments, I feel this is a confession:ENTJ… The E’s will just walk ourselves out. Have a good weekend AVC

    1. Andrew Kennedy

      as an “E” this really made me laugh

    2. Anne Libby

      It takes a certain amount of E to post our results online. So much for all of us who turned up as Is

      1. Dale Allyn

        I suspect that such tests in the future will provide queries specific to on-line and in-real-life behavior. At least if the goal is truly a more accurate assessment of behavior.

      2. CJ

        Nah, this is precisely the type of non-interaction interaction that us I’s prefer. πŸ™‚

        1. Anne Libby


        2. kidmercury

          lol #truth

        3. Donna Brewington White

          My highly social but introverted husband took to Facebook like a fish to water for this very reason. Whereas for me an extrovert it is just frustrating. The comments aren’t interactive enough.

    3. iggyfanlo

      ENTJExtravert(44%) iNtuitive(62%) Thinking(12%) Judging(33%)You have moderate preference of Extraversion over Introversion (44%)You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)You have slight preference of Thinking over Feeling (12%)You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)Same here

    4. ShanaC

      nah, I’m an E, a really extreme e….I tend to stick around

      1. Donna Brewington White

        Yes, there is so much work to be done amongst all these I’s. We will be here forever.

  27. TamiMForman

    ENFJ, which befits a marketing/PR person. Interestingly, my husband has never been tested but I’m nearly certain he is either an INTP or ISTP, which seems to be fitting a mini-pattern with both Fred and Gotham Gal and others commenting on this thread of couples with opposite types. Like another commenter, in my marriage I’m not sure if we complete each other or just get on each other’s nerves. Probably both.

  28. Nick Grossman

    ENTP, based on doing this once or twice. Though I always find myself getting too self-aware when doing the questions / trying to game it.I am not convinced I’m an E, rather than an I

      1. fredwilson

        you two are extroverts for sure.

  29. Jim Vitek

    INTP, but as others have mentioned this changes. I’ve taken the test a handful of times over the past 10 years and find that my answers tend to follow what I’m immersed in at the time. I’m always a solid NT, but the I occasionally flips to E and the P occasionally flips to J.I think looking at the ‘well knowns’ is a helpful cross check. If you think residing in the same category as Descartes & Friedman is cool (which I do), you’re probably in the appropriate zone.

    1. Anne Libby

      Me, too, Jim. Today I’m an INTJ, and the I and J have flipped back and forth over the years. But always an NT.

  30. Renato

    INTJ. Same result as a few years ago.

  31. Ana Milicevic

    I’m an ENTJ and have been one for as long as I’ve been testing. Pretty spot on in terms of personality traits & thought process.

    1. pointsnfigures

      I have always been ENTJ too. I wonder if birth order has anything to do with it, or what sex your siblings were. For example, I am the oldest, and have only female siblings.

      1. Ana Milicevic

        Interesting, I’ve wondered this myself. I’m also the oldest with female siblings.

        1. Andrew Kennedy

          I am youngest w female sibling.. interesting.

        2. Donna Brewington White

          Ah, interesting. ENTJ, oldest with 3 female siblings then a male born 7 years later. (At least in the particular set I was part of — my dad had three marriages)Added to that both my parents were youngest children which intensifies the role of their oldest child child according to family systems theory.Cc: @pointsnfigures:disqus

  32. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    Here are mine: I am bit surprised that Thinking was so low and judging was high but hey it is what is is :)ENTJExtravert(1%) iNtuitive(38%) Thinking(6%) Judging(33%)

    1. falicon

      I *think* the ratios are how much of a preference (over the average) you have for a certain trait…so in many ways, the lower the percent the better (because it means that you are not dominated by that trait, but rather have a slight preference for it)…Maybe it’s not ‘the lower the better’, but rather ‘the lower, the more well rounded you are’…

  33. Cindy Gallop

    I’m an ENTJ.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Never would have guessed in a billion years you’re an extrovert……….. πŸ˜›

      1. Cindy Gallop

        I know. Extraordinary, right? πŸ™‚

    2. ShanaC

      I can see that πŸ™‚

  34. Keenan Cummings

    INFP!I once heard that certain personality types index much higher among CEOs and leader-types. These prescriptive personality labels can be discouraging when coupled with those kind of statistic, especially when they imply a causal relationship.But we are in a time where business models, organizational structures, and leadership archetypes are changing to fit a huge range of different personalities. I’ve seen more and more companies led by a huge variety of personalities and you see that trickle down into very unique cultures.I guess what I am trying to say is “I am INFP and I can lead too!” In an older and dying paradigm, I might be relegated to a very specific role in the hierarchy, but now I can build a team, a culture, and a leadership style around the strengths of my personality rather having a limited set of options because of it.

    1. laurie kalmanson

      shouting orders: old leadershipgathering the team and helping each person lead: new leadership

      1. Keenan Cummings


  35. falicon

    INFPIntrovert(11%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(12%) Perceiving(11)%You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%)You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%)

    1. Matt A. Myers

      We balance each other’s Perceiving and Judging. I’m 11% the other way. Hopefully the universe doesn’t complete its’ evolutionary cycle when we meet.

      1. falicon

        Nice!You weren’t created from black Kryptonite were you?! If not, we should be all good…if so, well…I will have to destroy you for the greater good! πŸ˜‰

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Oh, I’m not overly sure of my origins… I’ll just say no, no I’m not made from black Kyptonite..

          1. falicon

            You’ll have to dig into that before we can make your life story into a movie…origin stories are the best part!

    2. andyidsinga

      in the company of CS Lewis and Tolkien – how cool is that!

  36. Guest

    I’m an ENTP-ENTJ borderline and born on the cusp of Libra-Scorpio.* http://www.personalitypage….* http://www.personalitypage….The minuscule variation is in the Perceiving-Judging scale.Interesting that Leonardo da Vinci is an ENTP (visionary inventor) — I didn’t know this until just now — because he’s an inspiration for my system:”All our knowledge has its origins in our Perceptions.” — da VinciThis has implications for Big Data because that assumes that all our knowledge has its basis in Probability and its ability to correlate and pattern recognize data.My system is non-BigData approach.The ENTJ side is useful because Aristotle (ENTJ) said: “With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”I like to put ideas into practice and overcome all the challenges needed to do so.

  37. Dan Ramsden

    I am apparently INTJ… although the result would have had much more credibility if the site had crashed on account of conflict and circularity.

  38. David A. Frankel

    ENTJ — consistent with the other times I have taken this over the years.

  39. Tom Labus

    INFT 33,25,12, 44.There should be a question: Do you try to subvert the test?

    1. Matt A. Myers

      I wonder if this is actually the biggest factor in how you answer, what the results end up being – how you react to a question.I bet you could detect through physiological detection / reactions somewhat accurately what someone’s type is!

  40. eitank


  41. laurie kalmanson

    the more we need to work together the more the mixed profiles are importantINFPtrue story from back during dotcom boom 1.0: a very very very fancy recruiter type had me do the meyers-briggs. until the boom, the talent she recruited was all stereotypical, topdown, type a, bully type “leaders” — you could hear the paradigms cracking and shattering when she read back my scores and said with icy scorn, “you are ***very*** collaborative”and when you get to where you’re going, there you are

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Collaboration is the name of the game, it’s just a long-game, compared to aggressive “bullying” as you said – bullying is all about control. *cough, looks over at Facebook*P.S. It’s Myers-Briggs. I’m an expert on its’ spelling. πŸ˜‰

      1. laurie kalmanson


    2. Donna Brewington White

      Great story.I have seen the tide turn a few times during my recruiting career in terms of what characteristics are valued in the marketplace.

      1. laurie kalmanson

        Verrrry interestingI used to score much more J but things don’t have such sharp edges anymore

        1. Donna Brewington White

          And I used to score more P but maybe am becoming more defined…or maybe too much caffeine that day.

  42. pointsnfigures

    ENTJ-but I ain’t Warren Buffett, Oskar Schindler or Maggie Thatcher yet. http://www.entjpersonality….

  43. Pete Griffiths


  44. Pete Griffiths

    There’s an interesting piece to be written here about startup teams and productive sets of personality profiles.Funnily enough, as my first startup was growing we had consultants test the team and make recommendations. It was enlightening.

  45. Emil Sotirov

    INTJIntrovert(89%) iNtuitive(75%) Thinking(25%) Judging(22%)strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%)moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (25%)slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)

  46. johndefi


  47. leeschneider

    First time taking one of these tests. Came back ENTJ.

  48. ErikSchwartz

    No big surprisesINTJIntrovert(89%) iNtuitive(88%) Thinking(50%) Judging(1%)You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (88%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (50%)You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)

    1. Matt A. Myers

      I think AVC is mostly a big INTJ party, with a hint of INTP give a bit of nuanced direction here and there …*cue the E’s jumping in who like to be the stars of a party*

      1. ErikSchwartz

        A party of introverts.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Online, behind computer screens, of course.

      2. ShanaC

        hi hi!

  49. Brandon G. Donnelly

    I had to do this at the start of business school: ENTJ.One of the things I found interesting when we discussed the types in more detail is that organizations seem to really need both sides of each dichotomy (extraversion/introversion; sensing/intuition, etc.). For example, with thinking vs. feeling, the tendencies are that thinking people value logic/truth over how people feel. Just get the job done. Feeling people on the other hand, care deeply about how a decision might impact others and how those people will feel. Seems to me that companies need both types.

  50. ericrosen

    I’ve taken Myers-Briggs twice, and am a strong INTJ. It’s very useful to take the team and have them all take the test and learn about each other…helps to understand how different folks function (as in, “oh,maybe he/she is not a lazy bum, just likes to sleep and work late”)..Also see this link from Barry Ritholz for a nice graphic historical figures and their personality…

    1. Matt A. Myers

      It could potentially be a good tool if it existed to help understand teams like this – however I think it would always fail short of nuanced understanding of people and situations that you simply can’t input into an algorithm.

  51. sbmiller5

    INTJ – I also recently had a lot of fun with this – after (youthfully & stupidly) mocking it in college.I’m amazed at the amount of INTJs on here as it’s one of the most uncommon combinations. (less than 2%)

    1. kidmercury

      yeah i am shocked by the amount of INTJs as well. but then again INTJs are well-suited for both entrepreneurship and software development, so……

      1. Matt A. Myers

        Yeah, that’s why I ended learning to code when I was 11. I much preferred to be at home with myself than out with people.

        1. Joschka Tryba

          I’m also an INTJ. I’m actually not surprised by the fact that there are a lot of INTJ’s here. Though a rare type, we are known as the scientists, strategists, problem solvers, extremely smart/analytical… just begging to be entrepreneurs. Capable of being leaders if necessary, though not fully inclined to do so. I have heard that ENTJ’s are best suited to be entrepreneurs, just a little more extroverted than INTJ’s and better at connecting with other people.

          1. Matt A. Myers

            Depends what role in entrepreneurship you’re taking.

    2. Elia Freedman

      I’m INTJ also. I find it funny that your response included a comment about judging INTJs, though. That’s got to be the Myers-Briggs equivalent of “Take my wife. Please.” jokes.

  52. andrewparker

    I’m surprised you ended up as INTP Fred. Most VCs I know are either ENTJ or INTJ. The key difference being that your categorization of “Perception – P” as opposed to “Judgement – J” is not most VCs I know who believe in Myers-Briggs. Furthermore, having been around you for 4 years, I would have categorized you as INTJ from the outside. You can be quite decisive and make decisions quickly, often at the expense of optionality (which is a good thing).I took it twice in the past and ended up as INTJ.The J vs P thing is probably a non-event (making my comment here moot) because your result only showed a slight preference of P vs J. so you’re on the boarder.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Not surprising at all to me.Fred’s a very theory driven guy, meaning he thinks a lot, and generally introverts spend a lot of time thinking. The doing part comes after the thinking.And really USV invests in companies to do the majority of the doing that fits with their theories / investment thesis. πŸ™‚

    2. fredwilson

      that’s an interesting comment Andrew because you are right that i like to make rapid decisions. not sure this test is perfect.

  53. bfeld

    Amy guessed I was an INTJ.The test showed that is was ISFP (but close on N/S and P/J) so I could have been INFJ, which if you squint is actually INTJ.Introvert(44%) Sensing(1%) Feeling(38%) Perceiving(11)%You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (44%)You have marginal or no preference of Sensing over Intuition (1%)You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (38%)You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%)

    1. Jeffrey Hartmann

      I actually would have guessed you were an INFP or very slight ENFP from your blog and the brief conversations I had with you the few times you were in Oklahoma City. The ‘used up my extrovert’ feeling you sometimes complain about very much happens to me at times as well, but I’m pretty comfortable speaking to a crowd or meeting new people. Seeing you speak or work a room I would have guessed you were a mild extravert or just barely introverted but that really enjoys being alone with their thoughts and introspective as well.

    2. fredwilson

      it’s that introversion in an extrovert’s business that is the cause of stress and strain. i feel it all the time. i know you do too.

      1. bfeld


  54. Magnus WikegΓ₯rd

    There are only two personality types:1. Those that divide people into groups.2. Those that don’tBut there are still fights over this fact.

    1. Magnus WikegΓ₯rd

      You can divide mankind in 3 groups.1. Those that can count.2. Those that can’t

      1. andyidsinga


  55. Andrew Kennedy

    The pride of ENTJ

    1. Matt A. Myers

      ENTJ’s make good actors? Quite funny how the male equivalent are politicians … putting on an act.

  56. Andrew Kennedy

    and the shame of it…

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Note: The female equivalent for ENTJ’s are actresses.. And I said in that comment, it’s quite funny how the male equivalent are politicians … putting on an act.

      1. Andrew Kennedy

        I was doing a bit of humor… lots of well known ENTJs that aren’t so, well, scummy. Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Alexander Hamilton, Aristotle (supposedly).

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Bill Gates is extroverted? Bullshit…

          1. Andrew Kennedy

            disqus is bugging out, but was going to attach pic of Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Russell Crowe as I’s…

          2. Matt A. Myers

            I can see them being I’s though… Bill Gates can’t be an E, unless he’s on drugs or something or I suppose a very rare exception, if that exists.

  57. Kirsten Lambertsen

    ENFP – but I think I’m more calculating than that…

    1. Jeffrey Hartmann

      My wife was 100% on Intuitive and very high (don’t remember exactly) on feeling, so you definitely are more balanced than some ENFP’s. My stats are: Extravert(33%) iNtuitive(75%) Feeling(50%) Perceiving(11%)

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        Wow, big on the intuitive. I feel better now :)We should all take this again, drunk. Find out our drunk score.

    2. andyidsinga

      in the company of Mark Twain – that is cool

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        That definitely works for me πŸ™‚

    3. ShanaC

      there are plenty of enfps are calculating (hi there, I am also an ENFP, and I can be very calculating when I choose)actually I hear ENFPs tend to be among the most calculating when it comes to personality aspects

  58. PhilipSugar

    ESTP 100,1,1,33

  59. Andy Orr

    INTP 44, 62, 50, 33As an INTP however, I don’t like the fuzziness of the questions. ;-)Always amazed, however, at how well some of the INTP descriptions match me, even down to the love of puns and wordplay.For additional insight into what might make you happy, see the Johnson O’Connor test ( I took it too late in life (debatable) but found its results illuminating.

  60. Emil Sotirov

    Hmmm… note to my INTJ self – looking at famous INTPs vs. famous INTJs… INTPs look like nicer people. Judge less, perceive more!

  61. jason wright

    it’s blog hijacking timefor an extra helping of friday fun take the ink blot test.

  62. Steve

    INTJ – part of the 5%

    1. Matt A. Myers

      You mean 50% here on AVC..

  63. andyidsinga

    INFJ – Introvert(22%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(50%) Judging(33%)slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (22%)moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (38%)moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)http://www.personalitypage…./andy-aka-TheProtector-out :):):)[edit : PS. I’m not nearly as cool as that personality page might suggest my “type” is]

  64. Fletch

    ENFJ – * first post btw… Hopefully there are not a lot of strong J’s here!

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Welcome. πŸ™‚

    2. ShanaC

      plenty of strong J’s but thats what keeps things interesting, come by more often and you will see πŸ™‚

  65. G

    INTP, but I know I was INTJ in the past. It looks like that there is a lot of NT people here.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      And many who were INTJ and evolved into INTP. πŸ™‚

  66. Elia Freedman

    INTJ but moderate in everything. (33-50-25-56).

    1. Matt A. Myers

      You’re so mod, man..

      1. Elia Freedman

        I always could argue both sides of almost any issue.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          I can see no value in having that ability … none at all ……

          1. Andy Orr

            It is often a handicap.

        2. Donna Brewington White

          I am like that and sometimes I hate it. Add to this the ability to empathize and it’s even more painful.

  67. LE

    “it took me about 3-4 mins”From what I saw there are 72 questions?I’m surprised that this isn’t setup in a way to see how longit takes someone to take the test and correlate that to something.Or people who bail w/o taking the test after seeing so many questions.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Yeah. That would be interesting data to see too. I absolutely love this kind of thing.. I can’t wait until I have the resources to play around with it some more (not until distant future).

      1. LE

        See the tests which I highlighted elsewhere where they charge up to $6 to take a test.From the whois it appears [1] that this guy (who Works for Oreilly) owns the domain name associated with the site and lives in San Jose:…[1] Name is unusual, address in whois is in SV, he works in “San Francisco” I assign a high probability to this.

    2. Anne Libby

      Hah, maybe that’s why there are so many INTJs out here today.

      1. Matt A. Myers

        I wonder if INTJs in general engage more – unless you’re on a place like Reddit.Or rather, maybe E’s prefer using upvote/downvotes more — or maybe just downvotes, instead of taking the time to explain their view point.A lot of insight can be gained from these tests. This thread has sparked a lot of ideas for me. πŸ™‚

        1. Anne Libby

          I was more thinking — following on @LE’s comment — that we INTJs were a majority of those who would doggedly finish the test…

          1. Matt A. Myers

            Definitely. πŸ™‚

    3. Andrew Kennedy

      something tells me you are not an “F”

      1. LE

        Part of the problem that I have with things like this is that they try to stuff an analog concept into a digital score or summary. To me this is wrong in the same way that it’s wrong to think that a person can look on the Internet and substitute the knowledge of a Physician after reading something. There is judgement that always comes into play and nuance and details. Not that there is no value but when in the wrong hands that information can be dangerous.I’ve probably said this before but I can better tell something about someone by telling them stories and seeing how they react than I can by asking them questions and hearing their answers. More or less the same way a jury consultant would rather see how someone lives rather than ask them questions.Of course even this type of test can be gamed. For example the other day I said some really outrageous things to the woman who has been cutting my hair for years. She reacted as if what I said was ok but in her face I saw micro expressions (that I’m pretty good at picking up) that showed true shock and disagreement.By the way ability to see micro expressions is negatively correlated with being able to take the rejection of cold calling. (See if you can figure out why.)

        1. Andrew Kennedy

          disqus is really pissing me off today. that said, it’s like asking a pilot to fly without his instruments. in the exact case you bring up, the negative correlation is a result of the increasing strength of the PAIN POINT that is not being able to read the person on the other end of the cold call. that said, a lot can be deduced from tone and a polite “challenger approach” goes a long way re: phone sales.

          1. LE

            I may not have stated the question correctly.Here is the hypothesis.If a person can read expressions they are more likely to feel the pain of rejection because they can see and feel that they are being rejected. If they can’t read micro expressions they don’t feel that “rejected” (the stare of the receptionist that says “get the fuck out of here”) so they keep talking and selling no matter what they see. Keep plugging away.Are you are saying the same thing? Seems you are saying there is pain as a result of not being able to read dissatisfaction and I am saying that a person who can read dissatisfaction will experience greater pain which will keep them away from pursuing that sort of rejection (once again that the person who can’t read micro expressions doesn’t fully register). Otoh a person who experiences pain in theory will develop ways to limit the rejection by taking a different approach (see how this all gets complicated and can’t easily be reduced?)Also explains why alcohol makes it easier to be in social situations (blunts the pain) and why social types are social types (they can talk and tell a story w/o any concern for whether the story is boring someone, someone who can read micro expressions is well aware of how the other person doesn’t really give a shit. Because most of the time they don’t give a shit).

          2. Andrew Kennedy

            it does get complicated. i am results/performance driven to the core and so genuine feedback (to some people that is rejection) is pure value to me. Fear of rejection is its own thing. Fear is the elephant in the room.

  68. LE

    Has anyone checked the source of these questions as far as how close they come to the actual Myers Briggs?I ask because on the same site there is this, which charges $5 to get a password to find out if you are suited to be an entrepreneur:…Or this, for marriage, where the cost is $6:

    1. Matt A. Myers

      Good question.What are you when you try to take out all of the fun of something? πŸ˜‰

      1. LE

        That’s easy. A cynic, a skeptic and a buzzkill.As discussed the other day in another thread was raised by parents who held my feet to the flame. I wasn’t raised to take anyone’s word for anything or follow along or just believe.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Sometimes you can relax though. :)Yoga helps with learning, experiencing that, if you were wondering. πŸ™‚

  69. Alfredo Arcieri

    Hello fellow INTPs! It has taken me decades to understand and accept myself as an INTP. Our society places an extraordinary value on extroversion which is fortunately demystified by books like Quiet, the power of introverts by the amazing @susancain

    1. Donna Brewington White

      As an E I’ve always envied those of you who are true I’s and your self-sufficiency and your ability to keep things to yourself. I grew up thinking I was an introvert because I was a loner of sorts but really I just had a lot to process.

  70. LE

    “and well known INTPs. “Based on this link: http://www.celebritytypes.c…Who vetted this info?A quick scan shows this quote by Ronald Reagan for Friedrich A. Hayek:””Hayek is amongst the top 2-3 of the all the people who ever influenced me.”How is something Reagan said supporting info for a personality type?Or this for Jesse Eisenberg:”Stephen Whitty: “His characters usually have a few things in common. They’re extremely bright [and] yet they often seem more than a little confused about what people around them expect, emotionally.”””His characters”? So actors don’t play characters that have nothing to do with who they really are?

  71. Jeffrey Hartmann

    ENFP, what is really funny though is my wife is ENFP as well, almost everyone I know that has taken the test has quite a different personality than their significant other.We are both artists at heart and have a very similar disposition. She is more extraverted and intuitive than me though, I still prefer to be alone at times and like to see my data.

  72. CJ

    INTPIntrovert(89%) iNtuitive(25%) Thinking(38%) Perceiving(22)%You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (22%)About right I think though a few of those questions could have gone either way.

  73. James McQuarrie

    INTJ – I’d always assumed that the test results would change over time, but that’s the same result I had almost ten years ago when I first took the test as part of a training course I did. I wonder if it will still be the same in another 10 years.

  74. Brandon Burns

    I’m also INTP, but I teeter on INFP (I’m very strong on the I, N and P, but weak on T/F).The great thing about being an INTP is that most people like you, as you tend to be perceived as a rational non-asshole, and you’re the kind of introvert that can fake being an extrovert.The challenging part is that you don’t like most people back. πŸ™‚

    1. fredwilson

      that’s me. an introvert who can fake the extrovert thing. but it is exhausting after a day of back to back meetings.

      1. Brandon Burns

        I’m on city 2 and day 5 of my third trip, going door to door to retailers to sign them up for My INTP personality is pooped but meeting people making awesomeness β€” like the Portland folks making foot long marshmallows (!!!!) β€” has turned me into a Chatty Cathy. It’s amazing how an introvert can morph into an extrovert when stimulated.BTW, those foot long marshmallows from Portland, OR:

  75. adbomaha

    ENFP. McKinsey was very big on Myers Briggs, not because it was destiny and hard coded, but it gave you a useful vocabulary for collaborating intensively with people you just met. (BTW, less than 1% of McKinsey partners are ENFP– so maybe it is destiny.)

    1. ShanaC

      why is that?

      1. adbomaha

        E and N go great with Management Consulting. F and P are less so.Given the choice, Thinking is a more natural fit with fixing other people’s strategy problem than Feeling.Equally, being methodical (J) is a better fit than (P) spontaneous.The F and P help generate chemistry with other people, which can be hugely valuable in the right situation, but in general, the big Mgmt Consulting firms have created cultures where people skills are important, but less important than being rigorous and consistent. It’s not necessarily bad, but you can imagine the limitations.

  76. theschnaz

    ENTJExtravert(44%) iNtuitive(25%) Thinking(25%) Judging(67%)You have moderate preference of Extraversion over Introversion (44%)You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (25%)You have distinctive preference of Judging over Perceiving (67%)

  77. ShanaC

    ENFP/J – I tend to flip to J about a third of the time when i take the test

  78. pasmith

    INTJIntrovert(56%) iNtuitive(62%) Thinking(25%) Judging(78%)You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (25%)You have strong preference of Judging over Perceiving (78%)Would like to think that I share more in common with Isaac Newton then Ted Kaczynski.What would be interesting is to have a few close friends take the same test . . . . except filling it out about me. Perception is reality, but it might say a lot as well.

  79. vruz

    I’m probably an INTP, but that’s not very interesting in itself, what I find interesting as a mind exercise is to try to guess the MBT of past and present business partners, to see whether there’s any empiric support to the idea that MBT can be a good indicator to assess the compatibility and/or complementarity of co-founders, for example.

  80. riemannzeta

    Introvert(11%) iNtuitive(62%) Thinking(1%) Judging(44%)

  81. Chris Kurdziel

    INTJ – I’ve taken the Myers Briggs a few times and I’m always surprised that I stay an INTJ. The world has tried to beat the “I” out of me (business school in particular) and though I’ve always heard it’s possible to change types as you get older, I’ve remained an INTJ for the past 10 years.

  82. brianwats

    ENTP. No surprise there. I’ve been a consistent ENTP for many years!This just about sums it up:http://oddlydevelopedtypes….

  83. jason wright

    i’m not taking this test.

  84. John

    What is the best personality type for being a successful entrepreneur?

    1. fredwilson


  85. Nick Ambrose

    Introvert(78%) iNtuitive(12%) Thinking(50%) Judging(22%)For me (as in previous times I’ve taken the test)Seems pretty accurate to me

  86. sigmaalgebra

    INTJIntrovert(22%) iNtuitive(100%)Thinking(25%) Judging(44%)I don’t think that’s correct: Too many ofthe questions were confused on (1) what Ido due to current, practical circumstancesversus (2) what I want to do or would dowith different circumstances.The test looks like what is called ‘factoranalysis’ which is essentially just someprincipal components which is essentiallyjust the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of asymmetric, positive, semi-definite matrixused as an approximation and, really, notnecessarily a very good way to measure’personality types’.The ‘factors’ can be orthogonaltransformations (‘isometries’ that keepdistances and angles constant, that is,’rigid’ motions), that is, rotations andreflections, of the principle components.To be more clear, the math says thatusually a few principle components canmake a quite good approximation(compression) of the data, but the jumpfrom that to ‘factors’ and ‘personalitytypes’ is challenging.Moreover, as my brother emphasized, the’personality types’ have darned littlepredictive power.Again, though, principle components can besuch a good approximation to the data thatit can have some good predictive power.I.e., consider such a test with 200questions. Then take the answers to thefirst 100, and from principal componentsshould have a good approximation to theanswers of all 200 and, thus, goodpredictions of the 100 didn’t ask.Indeed, can argue empirically that can dopretty well predicting the answers to all200 questions from less than 20 of theprinciple components.Uh, we should consider the possiblycorrupting issues of ‘reliability’ and’validity’, and quality otherwise, of thequestions! I.e., tough to get a goodprediction if the question is written insuch a confusing way that theinterpretation is due heavily to a lot ofrandom guessing! I.e., no amount of workwith principle components can predict coinflipping!Again a lot can be lost in the jump fromprinciple components (a good mathematicalapproximation) to ‘personality types’ thatare intuitively attractive to somepsychologists and, really, are just pastedonto the intuitively, seemingly mostappropriate ‘factors’ basically justassuming that those ‘types’ are meaningful– they don’t have to be; the intuitionmight be junk.With some effort, I restrain myself fromwriting out the linear algebra mathematicsof factor analysis here! Actually, a fewmonths ago I typed it into Knuth’s TeX,but TeX won’t look good in a blog!Don’t tell the SEC, FBI, CIA, NSA, andtheir SWAT teams: Yes, there is a distantconnection with part of the math in mystartup, says that in some respects themath should be able to work well, i.e., bea good approximation, in practice.Factor analysis has been around forroughly 100 years and apparently still hassome problems in applications to peopleand personality.Personality and humans, e.g., inpsychology (my brother’s Master’s),politics (my brother’s Ph.D.), andsociology (my wife’s Ph.D.) are tough towork with, especially if want to say solidtheoretical things, e.g., about’personality types’.My brother’s conclusion was, the resultsthat are solid are about, say, rats andnot very important for humans, and theresults important for humans are not verysolid.The test had a lot on ’emotion’, but forme its presumptions were mixed up! Inderivations in math, not much emotionexcept an occasional eureka. Long ago Ilearned solidly that ’emotional wanting’to prove a theorem was next to useless ingetting a proof, and I did get a lot ofproofs.But my order for the DVD of the Bayreuthperformance of ‘Lohengrin’ just arrived,and just the opening music on the DVD isoverwhelming!And on the Internet I found a PDF of thefull orchestral score! It starts in Amajor and there starts with just the firsttriad, A, C#, and E — couldn’t besimpler! The violins play the E half wayup the E string and then harmonics anoctave above that — not difficult on aviolin, but magical at the start of the”Prelude”. Also the beginning of the”Prelude” might sound like just violins,but there are also flutes and oboes! Justthe first page of the music is really funreading!Also on the Internet found the libretto,in both German and English. My German isso rusty that the English is quitewelcome! Ah, the Internet — both thescore and the libretto!Now to find a strawberry blond with fullhair long enough to be about a foot belowher waist, a white swan, a gold chain,etc.! Try to analyze that with factoranalysis!Ah, now I see, in the DVD the girl is astrawberry blond with long hair! Also theDVD has subtitles, including in German andEnglish. Think I’ll use the Englishsubtitles first!

  87. Jim Ritchie

    I’ve always tested right on the cusp of INTJ/ENTJ with very strong T & J. It is quite revealing how many entrepreneurs are INTJs.

    1. LE

      I like that. You need to work the “vizify” logo into it so anyone who sees it knows where to get one and how they can create one.

    2. Todd S

      Glad you like it. And appreciate the suggestion too.

    3. Kirsten Lambertsen

      That’s neat!

  88. Tracey Jackson

    Not sure how to process this, which might be a problem with my answers, First time I took it I was ISFJ. The people they compared me to were Colin Powell, General McArthur and General Custer. Which my husband totally agreed with. Then I looked and it said I left out four questions, so I needed to retake it. I retook and suddenly I was more in sync with Jack Benny, Don Knotts and Sally Field. So four questions take you from a leader to a comedian? Not sure about this test Fred. We may need to test the test. Though I would say I am one part Sally Field and one part General Custer. It’s exactly how I see myself. The Flying General.

  89. famolari

    INTJ and honored to be in the company of Newton, Bohr and Ada Lovelace…

  90. MikeSchinkel

    I should have known. Fellow INTP here too. No wonder I gravitate towards most of your views. πŸ™‚

  91. hypermark

    Very interesting. The last several times that I’ve taken the test, I have been an ENTP, but this time, I am ENFJ. It’s been a few years, though, so worthy of assessment of what’s changed in my internal narrative.Great Friday pick, Fred. :-)ENFJExtravert(22%) iNtuitive(62%) Feeling(12%) Judging(67%)You have slight preference of Extraversion over Introversion (22%)You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)You have distinctive preference of Judging over Perceiving (67%)

  92. Nik Bonaddio

    ENFP for me. I’ve come to understand that it’s somewhat rare to have that type as a software engineer.

  93. chris dixon

    I love MBTI. I’ve found that tons of people in our industry are NTs. Also great cofounders often include a J and a P.

    1. William Mougayar


    2. fredwilson

      what are you Chris?

  94. Sandy Grason

    I love this stuff. INFJIntrovert(11%) iNtuitive(75%) Feeling(62%) Judging(11%)You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%)You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (75%)You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)I have a friend that uses this stuff to help you find the right kind of work. It can be really really helpful when you are going through a career change or transition!http://thehappyworkproject….

  95. Mark Johnson

    ENTP. It’s interesting that most people commenting are I’s.

  96. Michael Makunas

    Another INTP here [I(33%)N(75%)T(12%) P(11%)]I wonder if there is a correlation between INTPs and lurking? I hardly ever post but I am today…This is the part of the INTP profile that really got me:”The INTP is likely to be very shy when it comes to meeting new people. On the other hand, the INTP is very self-confident and gregarious around people they know well, or when discussing theories which they fully understand.”I’ve always struggled with the idea that an introvert *wants* to be quiet. Getting myself into a new social situation is always difficult for me, but, I *love* leading a conversation if I know the people and/or I have put thought into the topic. And it seems that there is some sort of threshold of the sum of the two that I need to reach. I’ll happily go on an on to someone I barely know about something I have a deep understanding of. Or if I know the people very well, I’ll be comfortable talking about something I’ve thought a little less about (but not something I have no idea about).Also, instead of all these lists of celebrities and politicians that have a certain type, I’d love to see a list of companies founded by each type.

  97. Patrick Kershaw

    Raging ENTJ… Apparently the least common… 2% according to Wikipedia

  98. Tereza

    ENTP. πŸ™‚

  99. LaVonne Reimer

    ENFJ. J is slightly over P which makes sense because the last time I took this it was ENFP. Per Wikipedia, “Extraverted feeling types seek continuity through harmonious relationships and collective values.” Makes eerie sense. I’m working on a system of credit and trust to replace the old credit bureaus. The ideals are harmonious commercial relationships informed by a collective standard of credit and trust. Honestly, I would not have connected those dots but for joining the A VC community in taking the test. Thanks!!

  100. mikenolan99

    Both Jack Donaghy and Kenneth Parcell are “a rare combination of extroverted, intuitive, and aggressive”Me, a boring old ENTP…

  101. K_Berger

    ESTJExtravert(56%) Sensing(1%) Thinking(25%) Judging(1%)

  102. Jim Ritchie

    Regarding the E/I dichotomy, MBTI does not define these as is commonly used in everyday language. It is more about where you get energy and how you focus your thinking versus if you are outgoing or not. I tend to introvert, but no one would ever call me an introvert at a party.From Wikipedia:People who prefer extraversion draw energy from action: they tend to act, then reflect, then act further. If they are inactive, their motivation tends to decline. To rebuild their energy, extraverts need breaks from time spent in reflection. Conversely, those who prefer introversion “expend” energy through action: they prefer to reflect, then act, then reflect again. To rebuild their energy, introverts need quiet time alone, away from activity.The extravert’s flow is directed outward toward people and objects, and the introvert’s is directed inward toward concepts and ideas. Contrasting characteristics between extraverts and introverts include the following:- Extraverts are “action” oriented, while introverts are “thought” oriented.- Extraverts seek “breadth” of knowledge and influence, while introverts seek “depth” of knowledge and influence.- Extraverts often prefer more “frequent” interaction, while introverts prefer more “substantial” interaction.- Extraverts recharge and get their energy from spending time with people, while introverts recharge and get their energy from spending time alone.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      That’s a great way to explain it. πŸ™‚

    2. Donna Brewington White

      It does help to know the distinction but I’ve found in interviewing people that people who are extraverts tend to also be extroverts in the commonly held sense. But what is also helpful is to know roughly what ratio “extravert” vs introvert since most of us are a mix.

  103. panterosa,

    Introvert(11%) iNtuitive (38%) Feeling (38% Judging (1%)The last 3 ring very artist to me. Though the last is almost 0.

  104. Paul Sanwald

    INTJ! this puts me in the company of Vito Corleone, and Willy Wonka!Reading on wikipedia, this is kinda eery, given I design and build software systems for a living:INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion “Does it work?” to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake … INTJs are known as the “Systems Builders” of the types, perhaps in part because they possess the unusual trait of combining imagination and reliability.

  105. Carl Rahn Griffith


    1. Matt A. Myers

      We still love you Carl..

      1. Carl Rahn Griffith

        It’s all about love.

        1. Matt A. Myers

          Indeed. Love and kindness are a big factor that this kind of test doesn’t include in its algorithm – and so really is meaningless in the sense of say finding true leadership.

          1. Carl Rahn Griffith

            EQ is sadly overlooked – it’s still all about IQ. I’ve worked with many ‘brilliant’ people – who have the social skills of a rabid dog…

          2. Matt A. Myers

            EQ is also likely the most important one, at least in a species that functions as a society, that are social..

  106. Isaac G

    ENTJ and it has been constant for years – MB is the only fluffy test like this that seems to hit upon something

    1. baba12

      Im an ENTJ as well…

  107. Brad Lindenberg

    INTJ – Same as Zuck πŸ˜‰

  108. amyjokim

    I’m an INTJ – the description fits me pretty well πŸ™‚

  109. AndrΓ© DeMarre

    INTJ; 33, 88, 12, 11. This is an interesting glimpse into the AVC demographic to be sure. Great idea, Fred!

  110. Guy

    Thanks Fred πŸ™‚ I really like this post and the comments!MBTI has been around for 60+ years… the tool is not great, and the results are really crappy (there’s lots of data on that)… but we still love the experience of learning, labeling, understanding, discovering, engaging… and sharing… and defining ourselves… and comparing… etc.I’d like to invite you to try out something new. It’s called Knack. We’re a startup. Based in Palo Alto. We’ve taken mobile games, added solid science, and let the big data flow… and we’ve got some amazing results…You can sign up here http://www.knack.itYou can download our new game…I’d love to hear from you. [email protected]

    1. fredwilson

      guy, i have gone to a few times and signed up. but i never get the invite to join.

  111. DavidPessah


  112. Semil Shah

    ESTJ, though I’m not sure what to do with the results: Extravert(33%) Sensing(1%) Thinking(12%) Judging(56%)

  113. george

    Those test results can alter based on the context of your environment. For example, if you were working for a Fortune 100 company and undergoing a Myers Briggs test in part, for your upper management evaluation, you might answer the questions a bit differently…

  114. Chris Roffe

    Long ago as newly minted Ops Manager fresh out of college, the company I worked for had us take a Myers Briggs test.I was an ENTJ then, now ten years later as an entrepreneur and startup founder I’ve apparently transitioned into an INTP.Thank you for link Todd S. that I used to create the image below (here’s the link:

  115. Peter Fleckenstein

    ENFPExtravert(78%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(50%) Perceiving(22)%I find this fascinating. It’s eerily accurate for me.

  116. Ashish Aggarwal

    Seems like I am an ENTJ .. good discovery for me ..

  117. Mariusz Przydatek

    INTJ here too.

  118. sachmo

    ENTJ… Personality profile of a ‘field marshal’… in the real world I’m a project manager, lol.I’ve found that my favorite blogs are all written from people that are also NTs as well.

  119. markevans99

    I finally took the test after all these years. Result: ENFJ. Not sure how I feel about it. πŸ˜‰

  120. Albert R

    I’d think extroversion would be helpful in a founder (putting yourself out there, name recognition, etc.). But maybe that’s just my bias…:PENFJExtravert(89%) iNtuitive(100%) Feeling(62%) Judging(33%)You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (89%)You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (100%)You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

  121. Donna Brewington White

    It is somewhat surprising that you had never done this before. But your results are not surprising. Your transparency is showing. πŸ™‚ Were the results surprising to you at all?

  122. Youssef Rahoui

    I am INTJ. I took this test for the first time about 2 years ago and I was almost shocked how correct it was!

  123. unlisted

    I’m also INTP.

  124. Steven Kane


  125. Steven Kane

    My dear departed dad told me “Understanding human nature is not complicated. People want what they don’t have. And people want to be liked.”

  126. reece

    late to the party, but i’m an INTJ as well…Introvert(11%) iNtuitive(62%) Thinking(1%) Judging(22%)You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%)You have distinctive preference of Intuition over Sensing (62%)You have marginal or no preference of Thinking over Feeling (1%)You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)

  127. M. Cole Chilton

    INTJ now that I have to be people’s boss and decide my time based on outcomes…INTP in college when I wasn’t an authority figure and structured my time around exploration.ALSO IT IS DRIVING ME BONKERS THAT THERE ARE ALMOST NO “S” PEOPLE REPLYING.

  128. Gustavo Melo

    ENTJExtravert(67%) iNtuitive(50%) Thinking(12%) Judging(33%)I used to score closer to “INTP / INFP” when much younger… As my outlook on life changed, so did my personality and behavior. I think every ten years or so I shift somewhat noticeably. It will be interesting to see where I’m at in another decade.

  129. INFJ

    25 years ago I read Please Understand Me for the first time. It is fun and insightful and right on. If you want to understand yourself and others, how to interface, accept and appreciate same, this book is a great start. After that try Howard Gardner’s books. Your life, relationships, meetings, time you spend standing in lines, will never be the same.

  130. Scott Schwaitzberg

    I am an ENFP.McKinsey & Co. LOVES Meyers-Briggs, with the most common type being ENTJ (something like 35% of associates).Common misconception is that MB is about skill or ability. It’s actually about preference. With incentives an “I” can be an “E” or vice versa. It’s useful in an employment context if you want to find roles that fit within your natural comfort zones of interaction, but it doesn’t mean that an “I” can’t be a great speaker or a fun party guest or than a “P” can’t be organized and on time. It just means that being organized for a “P” is a chore they might be willing to do to make their own or their colleagues’ lives easier and being organized for a “J” is a more natural state of being.Knowing your own and others’ types can also make it easier to communicate or easier to see where the other person is coming from in terms of preferences. It makes it a lot easier for “me to come to you” if I know where the gaps are in terms of type.

  131. Nikki Sylianteng

    I am totally fascinated by the MBTI. I am a mix of an ENFP and an INFP. They’re very accurate descriptions of me.

  132. Rohan Jayasekera

    I see that the vast majority of comments here are from Ns, even though according to David Keirsey only about 25% of the population is N. I call us “the weird but interesting people”. (I’m INTP.)Furthermore, there are a great many NTs here even though per Keirsey we’re only 5-10% of the population. NTs are called “The Rationals” by Keirsey and are commonly drawn to technology.Also, an NT married to an NF (“Idealist”) is common — I am too! Per Keirsey NT and NF are complementary temperaments, as are the (far more common) SJ (“Guardian”) and SP (“Artisan”).

  133. Joaquin V. Roca

    I too am an intp, though I often present more as an entj. I created a quick thinking preferences survey for entrepreneurs and I’d love to hear what you all think. (

  134. exchgr

    INFJ. Apparently that’s about 1% of the population. I feel special.

  135. darla brown

    Im INTJ too. Like Zuck and ann rynd. πŸ™‚

  136. Jim Vitek

    Just noticed this very cool interpretation of Myers Briggs results using Harry Potter characters: