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Founder Suicides

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

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups with weak directives, poor communication, and ineffective cultures are breeding grounds for negative interpersonal dynamics.

Founder Fights in Boulder

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The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. Carrie and Jerry did a great

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

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The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Two heads are always better than one in a startup.

7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

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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.

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.

Startup Founders Can Learn From Reality Television

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

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.

Raising Capital As A First Time Founder


Though it was only $5,000, it was enough to prove to myself and my co-founder, Lauren Mosenthal, that we could actually fundraise for our startup.

Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories

Feld Thoughts

One of the free ones is on Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories. The Impact of My Book Startup Communities.

7 Ways Founders Demonstrate They Can Run A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I don’t see many startups run in absentia or by big company executives. The best founders know how to pull the best out of others.

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 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups don’t come with formal training courses. Startups don’t come with pension, health, or 401(k) plans included.

Travel Hacking for Startup Founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here is how I find the cheapest way to get from point A to point B and back

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Work Truck Solutions’ Kathryn Schifferle


Kathryn Schifferle, Founder and CEO of Work Truck Solutions, turned being a woman in work trucks into an oversubscribed $2.1 million round.

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.

Startup Founders Face Serious Business Culture Myths

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

Should founders get Stock Options?


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

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

Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

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“Many Unicorn founders and CEOs have never experienced a difficult fundraising environment — they have only known success. The  “Many Unicorn founders …”  quote is the first of four emotional biases that Bill calls out. The post Current Startup Market Emotional Biases appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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.

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

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” 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.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, I’m one of the majority of investors who believe that startup success is more about the execution than the idea. Marty Zwilling.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, my salary never caught up with my pre startup salary across 2 companies and 8 years. Startup Lessons Literally. often say.

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Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers.

How should a startup founder value her time?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Almost no startup founder values her time properly. But when you’re in a startup, the math is completely different.

Startup Founders Need To Manage Their Optimism

Startup Professionals Musings

challenge any entrepreneur to honestly tell me that they have never fallen victim to any of these while making startup decisions: Confirmation bias.

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.”

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport


Jason Rappaport, Founder and CEO of Squareknot, has raised $1.3 Here is what he had to say: HK: Tell me a Read more >.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Planitar’s Kevin Klages


Kevin Klages, Co-Founder and CEO of Planitar, raised a $500,000 seed round after four pitches to angel investors. How did you Read more >.

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. They prefer teams of two or three over a solo founder. Stay strong.

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC  <– This convention conveys the importance of scalability in the organization, even from the founding stage… most likely stemming from a technical founder.  <– Precision trumps brevity in this startup. What else am I missing

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Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. This startup was broken at multiple levels. Whoah.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

But even well-prepared startups that have laid out strategies for scaling can find themselves scrambling in the face of a fast-growing customer base.

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? tenacity?

Playing Startup

Agile VC

But I think it’s important to discuss, particularly given today’s heady environment for startups.

5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make


Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. But wait a second. Get Screwed. As George W.

No Startup Founder Was Born With All Skills Needed

Startup Professionals Musings

business entrepreneur genes Peter Drucker skills startup Many people allow themselves to be driven by the crisis of the moment. Give it a try.