8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur who has not spent years in corporate life has the advantage of an unbiased look at business opportunities, but at the same time has the disadvantage of missing critical business experiences that can cost them dearly in their first startup venture.

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%. I’ve written a bunch on this topic and here are two posts that address this exact issue: Founder Dilution – How Much Is “Normal”?

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Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. A friend told me that he’d heard of over a dozen suicides from entrepreneurs in the past few years. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

One of our recent investments, offered by Founder Collective (FC) – an eight-year-old manager with offices in Boston and San Francisco – is an excellent example of what we look for when we invest in funds offered by other managers. Investments fg next founder collective LP

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. Most “business-focused” single founders are told right from the get go that they need to find a technical co-founder. Of the investments I’ve made to-date, six have 2 founders, one has 3 founders, and three have 1 founder.

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).” Like it or not, everyone looks to the entrepreneur as the jockey role model in a new business. entrepreneur founder jockey role model startup superhuman

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

Kauffman just launched Founders School - a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. Go watch Founders School now.

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. business entrepreneurs startups

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Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup idea, and improve their odds with investors. cofounder entrepreneur execution startup visionary

10 Tough Quandaries That Lead Entrepreneurs Astray

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup Founders dilemmas in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Should you start a company solo or find co-Founders to help you?

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all your own work done, as well as run the many one-hour meetings each team member seems to demand for decisions and mentoring. 5-minute mentoring business entrepreneur founder meetings productivity

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

—– In a recent workshop with a large company focused on the Innovation@50x process, I mentioned that founders and intraprenuers operate more like artists than accountants – on day one they see something no one else does. Startup founders operate in chaos and uncertainty.

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. In theory, there are three levels of pricing for an entrepreneur to potentially signal to a prospective investor: 1. So What Should Founders Do?

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. The entrepreneur develops a business plan, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure.” And that takes us back to the word entrepreneur.

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

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?”. The clear example of the power of adjusting your group of friends is that your school friends probably aren’t all entrepreneurs. Advice Founder Startup Entrepreneur

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.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

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. Founders come in with something they are super excited about. We constantly hear about “product market fit.”

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Ask a founder of a growing startup what they need most, and you’ll often get an answer along the lines of, “We need great people, and we need them fast.”. Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

The Emotional Co-Founder

Seeing Both Sides

There is a bias against solo founders in Startup Land. The conventional wisdom is that being an entrepreneur is so difficult that you shouldn't embark on it alone. Many of the top accelerators, like Techstars and Y Combinator, won't accept founding teams that have solo founders.

[Interview] Cameron Chell, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Of Business Instincts Group (BIG)

YoungUpstarts

That’s because he’s not merely an entrepreneur himself, he’s a serial entrepreneur and well known in the tech space. Chell is chief executive and co-founder of Business Instincts Group (BIG), a venture creation firm.

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. Even with great credentials, it is all too possible for an entrepreneur to come across as a high risk investment. Unless the business is a non-profit, the entrepreneur needs to show how he will make money.

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

Put differently, there are some founders for whom failure simply isn’t an option. I am so proud and honored to recognize one such founder from the K9 portfolio today. Sooinn Lee is the founder and CEO of LocoMotive Labs.

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. Another post from Capshare surfaced this week touching on that last bit about founder ownership at various levels of VC funding.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

Editor’s note: Understanding how to divide founder equity at a startup can be tricky, even to the point of reaching emotional riffs between founders. But not all co-founders are equal in terms of title, ownership, responsibilities, and so forth.

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Attention: Female Founders on the Rise

The Startup Magazine

However, workforce implications for women entrepreneurs in training and professional development are profound and not so good. While women are making significant strides, more work is needed for women entrepreneurs to succeed in the 21st Century.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. entrepreneur founder rules startup stock

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4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

On the heels of our research on HBS entrepreneurs , NextView’s Dimitri Dadiomov (HBS ’15) interviewed several top founders on the early stages of their companies. Anthemos Georgiades , Co-Founder and CEO, Zumper (Real-time home and apartment rental platform; $8.2

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

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. Startup founders need to see, touch and feel all the key elements of a new business as it evolves, much like an artist renders a new painting or sculpture. business entrepreneur hands-on startup

Startup Founders Can Learn From Reality Television

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to entrepreneurs and active angel investor, I often get questions about the realism of the Shark Tank TV series, compared to professional investor negotiations. Yet the process is eerily realistic, and every entrepreneur can glean some important lessons.

10 Impressive Startups Founded By Women Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 10 women-led startups on the rise - impressive founders that are blazing trails to make women entrepreneurs no longer the exception but the rule.

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. No startup founder or leader can just order these changes to happen, because it isn’t that easy to get other people to change their ways.

These 8 Disciplines Define A Fundable Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me what to do first when starting a business. A popular approach these days seems to be for founders to regale investors early with a pitch touting the newest “million-dollar idea.” Your credibility as an entrepreneur is at stake.

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. Most founders don’t survive this kind of growth and change, but Larry and Sergey are still a well-balanced machine.

Next Coast Ventures’ Founders Give Fundraising Advice

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News Host of the Ideas to Invoices Podcast Next Coast Ventures might be able to afford to lose $1 million on an investment, but can an entrepreneur afford to lose five to ten years of their life working on a startup that doesn’t hit it big? […] The post Next Coast Ventures’ Founders Give Fundraising Advice appeared first on SiliconHills.

Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

Are entrepreneurs born or taught? 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 ). A number of people have asked me, “What do you look for in a founder when evaluating an opportunity for Year One Labs?&# I’d say a bit of both.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

I covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. It is increasingly popular to have “founder dating&# or “startup weekend hackathons&# of some variety or the other. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder. Publicly call them a co-founder. None of this, “we’re co-founders, we just work well together.

5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Need To Highlight Small Wins

Startup Professionals Musings

As an example, entrepreneurs often have great difficulty relinquishing top leadership positions when their companies have grown beyond their own management capacities, because they have invested so much of their personal identities in what they have built.

The rise of the female founder

Version One Ventures

Women are underrepresented as engineers, management, investors, and founders. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. However, there are signs that the situation, at least when it comes to female founders, is improving. At Version One, we’re seeing an increasing number of pitches from female entrepreneurs. Some of this trend might be due to the favorable environment for first-time entrepreneurs.