"Some men see things as they are and ask why.
Others dream things that never were and ask why not."
-- George Bernard Shaw
The analogy that I reported from Kellogg's PE/VC Conference, that entrepreneurs are artists seems to be doing the rounds as a meme. Steve Blank explains the concept in some detail. Here is a highlight:
Founders fit the definition of a composer: they see something no one else does. And to help them create it from nothing, they surround themselves with world-class performers. This concept of creating something that few others see – and the reality distortion field necessary to recruit the team to build it – is at the heart of what startup founders do. It is a very different skill than science, engineering, or management.