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Founder Dilution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw a blog post this weekend that looked at the IPO filings of 79 tech companies and calculated the ownerships of the founders and the VCs at IPO. That will typically leave the founder/founder team with 10-20% of the business when it’s all said and done. Employee Equity: Dilution. entrepreneurship VC & Technology

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

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

Founder Fights in Boulder

Feld Thoughts

The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. The post Founder Fights in Boulder appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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.

Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories

Feld Thoughts

One of the free ones is on Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories. CEO boulder digital arts ceo founders training video

“You Don’t Look Like a Founder”

Instigator Blog

Heather Anne Carson, co-founder @ Repable recently posted this on Facebook: (She didn’t ask me to write this.) Oy. WTF does that even mean? It means: You’re not a young white guy. And it’s total b t. It’s not surprising that guys feel / think this way (but saying it out loud really demonstrates a whole […].

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

Gust

We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation. Read more >.

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.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur founder leadership startupSuccessful entrepreneurs today must practice human-centered leadership to compete and win.

Founders Circle

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. VC & Technology

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 entrepreneurs – founder market fit is much more important than product market fit at the inception of the company. It is.

Some Thoughts On Founder Liquidity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw a post last week that suggested that VCs competing to win deals is leading to excess amounts of founder liquidity. also saw this tweet from Sam Altman yesterday: if founders are selling their own stock less than 1 year into the company, you can nearly always safely pass on investing. — Sam Altman (@sama) December 28, 2014.

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.

8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, building a successful business is more difficult than building an innovative solution. successful business is a long-term effort.

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.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Network to find co-founders just as you network to find investors.

Should founders get Stock Options?

StartupCFO

Founders often ask me whether they should be asking for stock options in their own company. In the early stages, you’re a founder.

A Critique of VC, Founders, and Tech

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This talk by Maciej Ceglowski (the founder of Pinboard among other things) is mostly a discussion of ad:tech and privacy issues. But the most biting critique is saved for the end of the talk and aimed at the VC and founder communities and the tech sector more broadly. But there’s something very fishy about California capitalism.

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. Now comes the reality check.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

After angels, larger venture firms are probably next in terms of how variable they are when reacting to seed pricing asks by founders. ”).

Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

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.”

Book: The Founder’s Dilemmas

Feld Thoughts

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. Noam systematically marches through all of the major dilemmas I could think of for founders: career, solo-vs-team, relationship, role, reward, hiring, investor, failure-vs-success, founder-CEO succession, and wealth-vs-control.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Are We Missing A Founder? Who can I hire later?

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign. Book of Five Rings. Customer Discovery. This was a great call. Whoah.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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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6 suggestions for an aspiring founder

joel.is

What advice would you give to an aspiring startup founder? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Advice Founder Startup Entrepreneur Tweet.

Founder Liquidity

K9 Ventures

Let’s say you’re the founder (I use a solo-founder in my example to keep things simple, but this could just as well apply to a founding team) of a startup called Blood, Sweat and Tears, Inc. The objective is really to be able to get some risk off the table for the founders and not leave all their eggs in one basket. aka BST).

Founder Liquidity

K9 Ventures

Let’s say you’re the founder (I use a solo-founder in my example to keep things simple, but this could just as well apply to a founding team) of a startup called Blood, Sweat and Tears, Inc. The objective is really to be able to get some risk off the table for the founders and not leave all their eggs in one basket. aka BST).

Things First-Time Founders Regret Saying

Vinicius Vacanti

Things first-time founders regret saying: “Don’t tell anyone we’re working on a picture sharing startup. Google uses them.”

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.

Leadership Mistakes Plague Every Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

These questions should all be contemplated and understood by every entrepreneur and startup founder, starting on day one of their quest. Levin.

5 Quotes From Business Founders Destined To Fail

Startup Professionals Musings

People with a victim mentality should never be entrepreneurs. there are many indications of a victim mentality in a person’s thought process.

Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

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 ). For starters, it’s expected that all founders are passionate.

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).

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.