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Founder Suicides

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Single Founders or Co-Founders?

Instigator Blog

Conventional wisdom says that startups should have two or three founders. Some investors won’t even invest in single founders at all–so understandably for entrepreneurs this is a big issue. Of the investments I’ve made to-date, six have 2 founders, one has 3 founders, and three have 1 founder.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Most true visionary entrepreneurs have unusual energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a propensity for taking risks. Cause organizational whiplash.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business.

Do We Need A New Word For Entrepreneur?

Feld Thoughts

Has the word entrepreneur become too trendy as to have lost its meaning? I’m hearing it and the word entrepreneurship being used in so many conversations incorrectly. On a daily basis, I have an email exchange with someone who says they are an entrepreneur. And that takes us back to the word  entrepreneur.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. business entrepreneurs startups

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Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

always thought that when I used the “founders as artists” analogy, the “artists” I was describing were painters, writers, sculptors and composers.

Founder Market Fit

Feld Thoughts

” But my post yesterday about  The Power of Passion When Starting Your Company  was about “founder market fit.” ” And I’ve come to believe that – especially among first time entrepreneursfounder market fit is much more important than product market fit at the inception of the company.

Startup Founders Can Learn From Reality Television

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet the process is eerily realistic, and every entrepreneur can glean some important lessons. business entrepreneur lessons Shark Tank startup

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

For one-on-one coaching from the startup founder, I call this approach five-minute mentoring. Listen and adapt your style to theirs.

10 Tough Quandaries That Lead Entrepreneurs Astray

Startup Professionals Musings

Should you start a company solo or find co-Founders to help you? The co-Founder relationship dilemma. The Founder succession dilemma.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

In theory, there are three levels of pricing for an entrepreneur to potentially signal to a prospective investor: 1. So What Should Founders Do?

4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

Matt Prince , Co-Founder and CEO, CloudFlare (Web performance and security to protect and accelerate websites; $72.1 Clark (RelayRides): .

Leadership Mistakes Plague Every Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Even entrepreneurs who have built many startups, or sold their last one for millions of dollars, know they make occasional people leadership mistakes.

10 Impressive Startups Founded By Women Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

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3 Tricks to Resolving Conflicts Between Startup Co-Founders

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

But conflicts between startup co-founders can put everyone out of a job. Trick #1: Understand your co-founder’s conflict style.

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

Put differently, there are some founders for whom failure simply isn’t an option. Instead she is a mother. She is Asian (South Korean).

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

joel.is

This article is inspired by Startup Edition in response to “What advice would you give young entrepreneurs?”. Tweet. Buffer. Experiment.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.”

Investors Look First At The Founder, Then The Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

They evaluate you like you should assess a possible co-founder or first employee. entrepreneur startup idea investor funding founder business

The Emotional Co-Founder

Seeing Both Sides

There is a bias against solo founders in Startup Land. But if you find yourself a solo founder, don't despair.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are some typical special terms and considerations for Founder’s stock: Negligible real value. entrepreneur founder rules startup stock

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7 Ways Founders Demonstrate They Can Run A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

When starting a new business, an entrepreneur has to take a “hands-on” role. The best founders know how to pull the best out of others.

Book: The Founder’s Dilemmas

Feld Thoughts

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. If you are a founder, or considering being a founder, a board member, or an investor, buy  The Founder’s Dilemmas right now. Books hbs noam wasserman the founder's dilemmas

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

9 Entrepreneur Habits That Lead To Long-Term Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle that requires staying power, because starting a new business is a long-term process with many tough challenges.

The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

Gust

When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing.

What Inspired 10 Successful Entrepreneurs to Become Founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

So I asked 10 successful entrepreneurs to share their original inspirations. simply can''t remember not wanting to be an entrepreneur.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Gust

Here are some typical special terms and considerations for Founder’s stock: Negligible real value. Image via Flickr by BullionVault.

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These 8 Disciplines Define A Fundable Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me what to do first when starting a business. Your credibility as an entrepreneur is at stake.

Why Aren’t We Talking About The Divorced Entrepreneur?

Feld Thoughts

If you are a divorced entrepreneur, Bill runs a  closed Facebook group for divorced entrepreneurs  (I recently joined it.) And, keep reading – his post is powerful. I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life and I’ve been divorced for seven years now. Refer to How Keeping It Bottled Up Can Kill The Divorced Entrepreneur.

10 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need To Market Themselves

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet most investors agree that the “idea” is worth nothing alone, and it’s the entrepreneur execution that counts. Remember the rule of one.

Startup Founders Need To Manage Their Optimism

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us.

Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

Are entrepreneurs born or taught? I’d say a bit of both. Having said that, when we talk about founders and startups we often think of it as something intrinsic to the people, something inside them, built into their very beings. In this case, I’ll use the phrase “Founder DNA&# (borrowed from Raymond Luk ).

The rise of the female founder

Version One Ventures

Women are underrepresented as engineers, management, investors, and founders. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. However, there are signs that the situation, at least when it comes to female founders, is improving. At Version One, we’re seeing an increasing number of pitches from female entrepreneurs.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Create More Innovations

Startup Professionals Musings

True entrepreneurs, like backpackers, are ready to explore new terrain, more open to new possibilities, and don’t get stuck in yesterday’s practices.

Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders

Gust

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