I was going to say something like that, but not as well. I've been in interviews where someone is asked about their experience.
"What experience do you have?"
"I spent 6 years at [university] earning my Masters degree."
"Ok, what *work* experience do you have?"
"I worked for 6 years earning my Masters degree."
"Lets try this again. Have you ever been employed and paid for work in this field?"
"We had projects at [university] where we worked on various projects to earn my Masters degree."
I'm not saying that the original post is that kind of person. He says he worked in IT infrastructure for years. I would think he would have been exposed to the development side, at least a little bit.
Unfortunately, with the questions asked, I suspect it may be more like my example above. If he had the necessary experience, he'd already know, as the owner of whatever new company he's starting, the lead dev is going to provide the best answers to those questions. The lead dev is going to have their own opinions and methods that everyone on their team is going to work with. Unless he's going to do the CEO/CTO/CIO/lead dev rolls all at the same time, which isn't going to work as well as he'd hope.