In both my venture-backed companies I was founding CEO; but wasn't CEO forever. The data says this is quite typical. Noam Wasserman's book The Founder's Dilemmas, cites the following statistics out of 3,600+ startups surveyed (9,900 founders) over 10 years:
Percentage of startups still being led by the Founder-CEO
|On 3rd (or more ) CEO
|On 2nd CEO
|Founder still CEO
If you're a founding CEO, what should you think about this?