How To Prevent Your Founder’s Shares From Vaporizing

Startup Professionals Musings

When an entrepreneur first incorporates a business, they may find themselves the proud owner of 10 million shares of common stock, commonly called founder’s shares. Key founder vesting should have no cliff. Facilitate an upgrade of founder’s common to founder’s preferred.

Why Successful Startups Often Have A Pair Of Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

co-founders entrepreneur inventor startup successIn my work with new startups, I often find people who believe that the terms “ entrepreneur ” and “ inventor ” are interchangeable. Yet I find a big difference between “starting a new business” and “creating a new product.”


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8 Ways New Venture Founders Create Whole New Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can “see around corners.” This is a statement that they are willing and able (and successful) at projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations.

5 Reasons Two Founders As A Team Are Better Than One

Startup Professionals Musings

Due to founder visibility, the team is so tuned in to the visionary and current direction that every turn to the right to pursue a new idea turns the whole team to the right. benefit co-founders gino wickman

Thoughts on Repeat Founders

View from Seed

Since the inception of NextView, we’ve had a reasonably even distribution between backing first time founders and founders who had started a company with success in the past. Backing a repeat founder has some amazing positives.

7 Characteristics Of Startup Founders Who Enjoy Life

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor and a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always disappointed to see founders who seem stressed out most of the time, and more annoyed than energized by the abundance of challenges they see in building their startup.

The Founder’s Story of The Path To Us Investing in Gig Wage

Feld Thoughts

After some entertaining back and forth, I encouraged Craig Lewis, the founder/CEO of Gig Wage , to write up a quick story of how things unfolded, as he remembered them, and I’d post it here. I love founder stories, and origin stories, and always learn something from reflecting on them.

What Is A Founder’s Real Legacy?


A business’s founder is in a unique position. However, companies may outlive people, and when the founder decides it’s time to move on, they need to consider succession. It’s not something as simple as saying that founders need wills.

How Startup Founders Can Battle Insomnia


Here are the four secrets to battling insomnia as a startup founder. Many startup founders work right until bedtime. There is no doubt that startup founders battle an enormous amount of stress. Many startup founders will drink alcohol to reduce their stress levels.

Why Founders Need a Moral Compass

Steve Blank

I’ve been thinking why the ethical boundaries of todays founder/VC interactions feel so different then they did when I was an entrepreneur. I’ve written about the root causes in an HBR article here and an expanded version here. Worth a read. Stanford eCorner captured a few minutes of what I’ve been thinking in the video below. If you can’t see the video click here. Family/Career/Culture

Tapestry – Weaving Stronger Co-Founder Partnerships

Eric Friedman

To help teams answer this question I have collaborated with Steve Schlafman to create a product – an exercise, to be completed by those founders building a company. Today we are launching a way for co-founders and founding teams to understand themselves and each other better.

Female Founder Interview: Latina Leader Elizabeth Colón

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder series , we sat down with award-winning entrepreneur Elizabeth Colón. The post Female Founder Interview: Latina Leader Elizabeth Colón appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

8 Priorities For Venture Founders Who Aim For The Top

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges in changing your lifestyle from an employee to starting your own business, is focusing on the right ownership elements, versus having a boss who sets the business goals, and provides performance feedback.

Female Founder Interview: Jeannette Collazo and IT Project Management

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. The post Female Founder Interview: Jeannette Collazo and IT Project Management appeared first on The Startup Magazine. We interviewed Ms.

10 Innovation Myths For New Venture Founders To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur founders innovation myths Vijay GovindarajanMost people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need to understand the execution challenge if they expect their startup to carve out a profitable niche in the marketplace, and keep innovating to build and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

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. After weeks honing the script and days of filming, I’m honored to present the “ Startups ” section of Founders School. These videos are not only great tutorials for founders but also provide educators another source of well produced and curated resources.

The Challenges Start Up Founders Face With Organisational Change


The post The Challenges Start Up Founders Face With Organisational Change appeared first on Young Upstarts. A happy workforce is a more productive one and a change manager will assist with combining change and continuous improvement within a business.

Founder Creates New Family Traditions With Food


The post Founder Creates New Family Traditions With Food appeared first on Hearpreneur. Robbie Shoults is a nationally recognized personality and third-generation owner of the Bear Creek Smokehouse , the 78-year-old popular Texas hotspot.

Why we look for mission-driven founders

Version One Ventures

We updated our investment thesis a few months ago…we invest in mission-driven founders at the earliest stages. Since that time, we’ve been asked how we define a mission-driven founder. Let’s start with why we’re focusing on mission-driven founders right now.

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. I am more and more convinced that it is the right founder behavior that leads to success, rather than some exceptional intelligence or training. In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F.

Are MBA Founders More Diverse?

View from Seed

Original research on gender diversity and fundraising amongst HBS founders. Historically, there has been a general bias against MBA founders — a skepticism around their grit and hustle. The taboo has largely faded, though, as many MBA-founded startups have bubbled to the top, and we at NextView even validated that there is no conflict between attending business school and founding a company with a previous blog post about Harvard MBA founders.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur founder leadership startupMost entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business. In fact, I have found from personal experience and mentoring that both of these are necessary, but not sufficient, for building a business. Successful entrepreneurs today must practice human-centered leadership to compete and win.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades. For example, I come from a software background, and back in the early PC days, it could easily cost half a million dollars for a team of professionals to produce a commercial product. Now, with powerful high-level tools and open source software, winning smartphone apps can be built by a good hacker for a few thousand dollars.

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Meet Our Mission Driven Founders

Version One Ventures

In recent posts, we’ve outlined our updated thesis around backing mission driven founders and explained why we’ve doubled down on searching for such entrepreneurs. There is no substitute, however, for letting these exceptional founders speak for themselves.

Hey, founders between gigs: What now?

David Teten

Hey, founders between gigs: What now? We have added a large new section to the Versatile VC website with a suite of resources for founders researching their next move. Career Founders

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. 1/ From vantage point of being able to see hundreds of companies, good & bad I have some advice for founders - Get to know and love "gross margin." " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

Founders Mental Health in the Time of Covid

Feld Thoughts

Founders, who are already under immense pressure from many directions, now have to contend with that dynamic for themselves in an uncertain business environment, connected only by video conferencing and email to their teams, investors, and customers. Mental Health founders

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.

Co-founders Enables Nonprofits to Fundraise Online


Meet the startup co-founders that are simplifying and automating fundraising campaigns for nonprofits through their business, Kindest. David brought 2 of his co-founders, our CTO and Head of Design along with. Inspiration co-founders technology platform

Rethinking Founder Vesting

K9 Ventures

One of these norms is how founder vesting and employee vesting works. Here is a good summary post from Cooley GO on Founder Vesting. There are two main reasons for founder vesting: To ensure founders stick around and build the company. To protect the founders (and investors) when a member of the founding team separates from the company prematurely. IMHO the former — having a cliff, is better for founders than the latter — not having a cliff).

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Both Sides of the Table

Venture firms wanted to meet talented Black founders but didn’t know where to start to find them. “I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that.

Founders Interview: Atlas Group London – ConstructionTech Transforming Healthcare

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we interviewed Maha and David Harper, wife and husband co-founders of Atlas Group London, a construction-tech startup that has digitized the building of healthcare facilities. Co-Founder & CEO. Co-Founder & COO.

10 Entrepreneur Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To


Here are ten entrepreneur podcasts every founder should listen to. The post 10 Entrepreneur Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Learn ReadWrite Startups founders Podcasts

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. One founder has more risk tolerance and the other wants to be conservative. What should the financial settlement be for the founder leaves be?

Startup Founders Should Focus on Managing Expectations Before Managing KPIs


by Manni Sidhu, Co-founder and CEO of Coleegs , and William Gilchrist , Founder and CEO of Konsyg. A new challenge has bloomed for founders and managers in the Covid-19 era –how do they set key performance indicators (KPIs) for the years ahead? Founders should focus on stability.

Best leadership tips for startup founders

Our Own Start-up

Here’s a compilation of the best leadership tips for any startup founder that will help you along your journey. Leadership Starting a Business founding a company how be a great leader leadership tips leadership tips for startup founders Starting a startup startup founder

Founder Interview: Dan Breier Helps Raise Funds for Charities

The Startup Magazine

Today we present Dan Breier as part of The Startup Magazine’s Founder Interview series. Dan has a great story as Founder of BreierSide Solutions , a charity consulting company in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. Dan Breier, Founder, BreierSide Solutions.

How BLACK brought colours in the world of Anurag and Shikha, founders of retail start-up ‘The Perfect Black’

Our Own Start-up

Founders Diary Anurag Kanoongo entrepreneurial journey motivation for budding startup founders motivation for young entrepreneurs Shikha Kanoongo startup founders The Perfect Black The Perfect Black business idea The Perfect Black founder The Perfect Black revenue

Female Founder Interview: Debra Sunderland – Conscious Leadership Coaching

The Startup Magazine

Here’s more from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. Debra Sunderland, CEO and Founder of Sunderland Coaching, LLC. The post Female Founder Interview: Debra Sunderland – Conscious Leadership Coaching appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

4 Ways To Resolve Co-Founder Conflict

YFS Magazine

Startup co-founder disputes are universal. Lead business partners co-founders communication leadershipIt’s just like any other close relationship–there are good moments, and there are times when you will disagree.

Avoid High-Cost Loans During Christmas – Startup Founders Urge


Those in such tricky financial situations may be thinking of taking out a payday loan , however, while this is certainly tempting given the time of year, one startup founder urges consumers not to go down this path, as expensive forms of credit can end you up in more severe financial problems.

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The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

This is going to be BIG.

In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

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. I always thought that when I used the “founders as artists” analogy, the “artists” I was describing were painters, writers, sculptors and composers. I wondered what lessons Pixar, an animation studio, could have for founders. Artists and Founders.