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Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

We also know many of the entrepreneurs in their portfolio. The team at FC has structurally designed their firm around alignment to founders.

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

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

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. The result of that analysis is that the average founder ownership at IPO was 17% and the average VC ownership at IPO was 56%. Employee Equity: Dilution.

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.

Do We Need A New Word For Entrepreneur?

Feld Thoughts

Has the word entrepreneur become too trendy as to have lost its meaning? On a daily basis, I have an email exchange with someone who says they are an entrepreneur. But I’m critical of the use of the word entrepreneur in these contexts. And that takes us back to the word entrepreneur. Here’s a simple example.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

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

Why The McDonald's Story of The Founder Made The Perfect Entrepreneur Movie

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ray Kroc wasn't really a founder. But "The Founder" gets at the arc of a successful startup better than almost any other film

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

In short, more and more entrepreneurs are signaling their price expectations earlier in their seed fundraise process. Lower-Than-Market Value.

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.

Meaningful Exits for Founders

Bryce Dot VC

We don’t know how many rounds this company has raised, how many other VCs are on the cap table, nor how much the founders own.

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.

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. Lots.

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From 'The Founder'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

New film about the McDonald's origin story serves as a cautionary business tale

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. The Founder’s Dilemmas was the first. I’ve never seen a book before that was particularly helpful – to a founder – about the wide range of issues a founder will face.

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.

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. Sooinn Lee is the founder and CEO of LocoMotive Labs.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

I 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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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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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

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.

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 Tom Eisenmann. Experts

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.

10 Impressive Startups Founded By Women Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

People Success Profiles female entrepreneurs female entrepreneurship people women entrepeneurship women entrepreneurs women in business

What Inspired 10 Successful Entrepreneurs to Become Founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

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.

The Founder of Twisted Sister Wants You to Be a Rock Star Entrepreneur. Here's How

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Wanna rock as an entrepreneur? Here's what the founder of Twisted Sister can teach you about running a successful business

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.

Every Successful Entrepreneur Does This One Thing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One thing every successful entrepreneur does is prioritize. Startup co-founder and CMO Sangram Vajre shares his tips for prioritization

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.