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8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs quickly find that what they learned in business school is no substitute for real-world business experience and training.

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are feeling deeper and deeper in the hole.

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.

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.

7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” A great jockey is a great role model. Don’t stop now.

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

After weeks honing the script and days of filming, I’m honored to present the “ Startups ” section of Founders School.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

A Startup Visa – The International Entrepreneurs Rule – Form I-941

Feld Thoughts

On Friday, the USCIS proposed The International Entrepreneurs Rule. The UK created an Entrepreneur Visa. Lots of articles were written.

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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?

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.

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.

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.”

6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

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

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

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.

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

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

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).

7 Key Entrepreneur Habits Highlight Execution Ability

Startup Professionals Musings

As a small business and startup advisor, I find that entrepreneurs often love to talk about their latest idea, but not their execution.

10 Impressive Startups Founded By Women Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

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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.

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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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.

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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): .

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur


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

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.

Google Founders Define the Meaning of ‘Exceptional’

Startup Professionals Musings

I tell entrepreneurs that Google was an “exception” to all the investment and startup rules, but I’ve always wondered what it takes to be an exception.

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. the founder becomes CTO).

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 ).

Startup Founders Face Serious Business Culture Myths

Startup Professionals Musings

business culture entrepreneur ethics myths startup times the return of other companies over the last 10 years. The reality is different.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# So embedded is this conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley that it feels like heresy to even question it. It’s Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder.