The perfect startup team: Asterix and Obelix

Asterix vs. Caesar

As a child (and even now) I was a huge fan of Asterix and Obelix. I would spend hours reading and re-reading Asterix and son and imagine what it would really be like if I had special magic powers. The possibilities were endless.The names were funny. The fights were amazing. The adventures were awesome.

I did believe for the longest time that the Silicon valley folklore of “Two guys and a dog startup” came from Asterix and Obelix.

On a more serious note, I think there are 3 amazing things about them that make them the perfect startup co-founders.

1. They really respect and enjoy each others company. You can see it in every book and episode. Obelix is the one everyone makes fun of (since as we know he fell into a cauldron when he was a kid) but he’s also the most dependable. They each have their quirks (Obelix loves boars and Asterix, is just nuts for most parts).

2. They compliment each other amazingly well. One is a superhuman (magically gifted) and another learns (or drinks magic portion) his way into super-power. Asterix is supposedly the smarter of the two, but Obelix shows his smarts (Corsica, Spain).

3. They are both focused. I love this the most. They do fight (like most people do) but they know the real enemies are always the Romans. Most episodes do have some fight between the two, that brews for a few pages or panels, but put them in front of a common enemy and they are back to being old friends again.

If you are a startup team, I’d highly recommend you read a few of their comics and keep a few in your office. Things always get tough in small startups and when the going gets tough, the tough laugh it off.

If you have read any of the comics, which one is your favorite?

7 thoughts on “The perfect startup team: Asterix and Obelix”

  1. I’d read 1-2 when I was a child.

    After reading this post, think I’ll read the whole set in the next 2-3 months 🙂

  2. Very true……. i think most of the people who run a startup with their co-founders, can relate to this….esp. if its a couple project/startup/team 🙂

  3. Couldn’t agree more.
    growing up I read ‘twelve tasks’ and ‘mansions of the gods’ countless times. To me, they represent true ingenuity in solution finding. Specially in ‘mansions…’, it’s the first time I came across the idea of fighting without confrontation. And it’s super funny to boot.

    Another fantastic series I read as a child was Unfortunately only four of them were ever translated to English.

    Of late though, I keep going back to Osamu Tesuka’s Buddha. It’s hard to describe why, but in many ways it’s the perfect comic series.

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