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. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus, unless the visionary highlights a cofounder who can take the vision and execute, I assume the worst. My bottom-line recommendation and theirs is that every visionary entrepreneur needs to be matched with a cofounder or key team member who has the required execution attributes.

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk.

Announcing NextView Operator Guilds

View from Seed

We’re calling them NextView Operator Guilds. . The concept our Guilds is simple: We want to bring together small groups of Product and Go-to-Market experts to lend their time to support our portfolio company founders and key operators. by Valore) and founder of Viximo (acq.

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? “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like web/mobile startups have it easy. Are We Missing A Founder? Are we missing a founder?

7 Startup Co-Founders To Avoid And Keep Your Sanity

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Bill Gates business co-founder entrepreneur Paul Allen startup

5 Criteria For Splitting Equity In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact in other partner relationships, like dating and marriage.

7 Startup Co-Founders That Can Lead to Conflict

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that in other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ marriage new venture partner relationships

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk.

How and where to find a co-founder for your startup

The Next Web

George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures , a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. In many cases, these entrepreneurs are on the hunt for co-founders to help them build their businesses.

Seven Startup Co-Founder Partnerships From Hell

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that in other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder Helps Install a New Way of Working

Hearpreneur

Existing corporations are focused on operational excellence and incremental improvements through process and efficiency. It is, literally, the toolkit for operating what we call the Big to Bigger machine. Bionic was born six years ago to partner with large enterprises and help them install a new way of working—something we call the Growth Operating System—based on the mindsets, mechanics, and tools of entrepreneurship and venture capital.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

It’s taken the Toronto executive from the world of Big 3 Accounting (as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in his early career) to Investment Banking(National Bank Financial) and capital markets (co-founding Eight Capital after leading the management buyout of Dundee Capital Markets).

How Much Equity a Technical Cofounder Should Get - Nathan Hurst's Blog

blog.nahurst.com

The graphic below balances the risks cofounders take with their relative contributions to help answer this question. Technical cofounders, remember that the number of shares or options doesnt matter, just your percentage ownership (what the chart shows).

How Do You Pick the Right Business Partner or Co-Founder?

Small Business Force

Picking a partner or co-founder isn't like finding a new friend. Just like people that tend to jump into marriages, entrepreneurs tend to get starry-eyed and join forces without thinking through the long-term implications of having a partner.

Why you can('t) recruit a technical cofounder

blog.launchbit.com

cofounders. technical cofounder. Why you can(t) recruit a technical cofounder. In particular, potential technical cofounders indicated they wanted to see successful entrepreneurial experience and a complementary skillset that would be brought to the table. Posterous.

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

Up and Running

In the startup world, you hear the title “co-founder” a lot more than “founder.” Even when someone says the latter, oftentimes you come to find out the person is forgetting to mention the “co” part, because in actuality, there are others involved.

Tvinci Launches Complete Pay OTT Platform – 60 Second Interview with the Co-Founder

VC Cafe

Brightcove simply works under a different model, and has a product which is not designed for this type of operation. Brightcove’s system is limited to very specific integrations, that cannot provide an operator with a fully synchronized TV Everywhere experience.

Picking a General Partner

Ben's Blog

In my career, I have never seen a position in any industry with more varying criteria than General Partner at a venture capital firm. Some firms hire pure investors, some firms hire operators, some Wall Street analysts, some firms hire sales people, some firms hire lawyers, and others hire reporters. With that in mind, I will explain in detail our criteria at AH in the context of the type of firm that we strive to build and our newest general partner, Scott Weiss.

New Web Order - Finding a Technical Co-Founder

nikcub.appspot.com

Finding a Technical Co-Founder. In the recent weeks, I have also had no less than three people email me and ask about finding a technical co-founder, which has also been a very frequent topic on the Hacker News forums. Perhaps the easiest way to find potential technical co-founders is to hang out in both online and offline communities where technical entrepreneurs gather. Ask former co-workers. Evaluating a technical co-founder.

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How To Find A Technical Cofounder For Your Online Business Idea

www.virtuosimedia.com

Home ▶ Businesses ▶ Startup Business Advice ▶ Current Page How To Find A Technical Cofounder For Your Online Business Idea. This article should also serve as a starting guide for programmers who are approached about becoming technical co-founders.

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6 Ideal Team Members For Any Entrepreneurial Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I was happy to see a recent book, “ The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide ,” by Bernd Schoner, PhD, and cofounder of ThingMagic, which leans heavily on the people side of the equation. It just means that the cofounders trust one of their own and are willing to follow.

6 Dream Team Members Will Energize Any Tech Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I was happily surprised when I found the classic book, “ The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide ,” by Bernd Schoner, PhD, and cofounder of ThingMagic, which leans heavily on the people side of the equation. A sales fanatic on the founder team helps to contain that risk.

Do VC’s with “Operating Experience” Add More Value

Rob Go

In a prior post about what it’s like to be a VC I made the claim that even if an investor has operating experience, that experience gets stale after a few years. This led to the following question in my comments: “You mention that operational skills begin to decline 2 years into the job. If this is true, then it follows that VC GPs can only add limited operational value.” So, why are non-operators well equipped to help?

Are You Getting Your Fair Share Of Startup Equity?

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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Spreadsy Partners with Do512 and Plans Dallas Launch

Austin Startup

CEO and Co-Founder, David Matthews, explains, “The idea behind Spreadsy was to create a new kind of word of mouth network that rewards users simply by sharing and more importantly benefits local businesses who are struggling to find direct channels to their target customers.”. Spreadsy’s unique business model has been a powerful attractor for new web-based partners as well. In early June, Spreadsy partnered with the most popular local website in Austin TX, Do512.

5 Tips for Starting a Business With Your Spouse

Up and Running

So how did we progress from ambitious newlyweds with an entrepreneurial dream, to co-owners running an established company? Most couples spend their first years together learning how to be married, but we were simultaneously figuring out how to be co-workers.

PitchCastr, A Virtual Demo Day Platform

YoungUpstarts

But technology can help – and early-stage business incubator Think Big Partners believes it has the solution. “We created PitchCastr with the entrepreneur in mind,” explains Herb Sih, co-founder and managing partner of Think Big Partners.

4 Questions Entrepreneurs Can Challenge Themselves With To Grow Their Business

YoungUpstarts

by Jeffrey Kadlic, co-founder & managing partner of Evolution Capital Partners. It allows small organizations to appear much bigger than they really are and operate more efficiently too.

Groupon's S-1: From Zero to Like? Billions in 30 Months ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

Even for those who don’t care to dive into the numbers, it’s worth a quick glance because co-founder/CEO Andrew Mason wrote a letter which forms the preamble of the full document. The International segment appears to have similar profitability as the North America business though as it accounted for roughly the same proportion of adjusted operating income. I co-founded NextView Ventures , a seed-stage VC firm based in Boston, in 2010.

How to Lock and Load the Right CEO for Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a young startup founder, how do you find that CEO or other executive for your “dream team” to close on funding or complement your skills to kick start your company? Craft an operational plan and make it work. Most founders are product guys.

Hiring A Key Executive – Tips For The Hands-On CEO

YoungUpstarts

By Ali Behnam, co-founder of Riviera Partners. Prior to co-founding Riviera Partners , Ali Behnam co-founded and acted as EVP, Operations & Services at PeopleMover.

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Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

David Teten

Should you co-found your company with a software development shop? portfolio operator VCs, e.g., Andreessen Horowitz, ff Venture Capital, First Round Capital, Google Ventures. The question is: how should they be compensated when cofounding a company?

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim , former co-founder of Web 1.0 Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. When should founders hire one? Founders seek COOs for many reasons. someone to be that true partner).

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Turns Out The Future of the Office Isn’t an Office at All

Duct Tape Marketing

I’ve owned my own business for twenty-years now and in some fashion have operated pretty much like most traditional small businesses. I interviewed Jason Fried , co-founder of Basecamp and author of REMOTE , for the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast recently and he shared this view as well.

How Sproutbox Accelerator Helps Its Companies to Succeed

David Teten

I met some time ago with Brad Wisler, co-Founder of SproutBox , and shared with him our research on portfolio value creation by venture capitalists. SproutBox might accurately be placed in the Mentor category or Portfolio Operator category, but our primary value is very specifically in hands-on product development. I suppose this is part of operating the company, but we don’t consider ourselves Operators. Co-Founder of SproutBox.

How Sproutbox Accelerator Helps Its Companies to Succeed

David Teten

I met some time ago with Brad Wisler, co-Founder of SproutBox , and shared with him our research on portfolio value creation by venture capitalists. SproutBox might accurately be placed in the Mentor category or Portfolio Operator category, but our primary value is very specifically in hands-on product development. I suppose this is part of operating the company, but we don’t consider ourselves Operators. Co-Founder of SproutBox.

Turns Out The Future of the Office Isn’t an Office at All

Duct Tape Marketing

I’ve owned my own business for twenty-years now and in some fashion have operated pretty much like most traditional small businesses. I interviewed Jason Fried , co-founder of Basecamp and author of REMOTE , for the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast recently and he shared this view as well.

How to Build a Global Center of Innovation Excellence in Salzburg, Austria

Pascal's View

For Salzburg to succeed as an innovation hub, it is essential for local private sector business leaders to make a long-term, active, and visible commitment to be active partners in this process. Let’s not forget that Microsoft had a huge monopoly in operating systems in the 90’s.

Failure and Redemption

Steve Blank

We give abundant advice to founders about how to make startups succeed yet we offer few models about dealing with failure. My wife was a great partner here. We established a team of founders who worked collaboratively. “What’s gone and what’s past help.

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (1 of 2)?

David Teten

Thor Ernstsson, Founder of Alpha UX ; previously, founder of Casual Corp , a venture studio, said, “Fundamentally and theoretically, this model works; practically and actually, it didn’t at all. […] The most important thing to consider is that launching a startup is usually a personal endeavor.