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.

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.

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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.

How Startup Founders Can Battle Insomnia

YoungUpstarts

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.

What Is A Founder’s Real Legacy?

YoungUpstarts

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.

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.” In my experience, most successful entrepreneurs have indeed created a new product, but most people who claim to be inventors have a hard time starting a business.

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

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 wickmanIt 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.

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: 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.

6 Founder Actions That Can Kill A Promising Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to entrepreneurs, business startup founders most often point to a shortage of funds as the primary cause of their startup failure. Yet I often see evidence that points right back at the founder or business owner, attempting to maintain excessive power and influence over of the effort, leading to a wide range of problems and a dysfunctional team. Co-founder and advisors are picked from loyal associates.

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

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.

Co-founders Enables Nonprofits to Fundraise Online

Hearpreneur

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Startup Founders Should Focus on Managing Expectations Before Managing KPIs

YoungUpstarts

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.

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts. I know this post is going to be a downer but I think there is a lot more to be talked about regarding depression, mental health, and entrepreneurship. A friend told me that he’d heard of over a dozen suicides from entrepreneurs in the past few years.

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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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.

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.

Avoid High-Cost Loans During Christmas – Startup Founders Urge

YoungUpstarts

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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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).

Female Founder Interview: Nicole Price on the Performance and Health Benefits of Breathwork

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine’s Female Founder Interview series , we interviewed Nicole Price of the Chicago-based International Center for Breathwork. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

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 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 entrepreneurs – founder 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.”

Founder Interview: Jim Elliott – Volunteer to NonProfit Entrepreneur

The Startup Magazine

As a great example, we had a chance to interview, Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart. Jim Elliott, Founder and President, Diveheart.org. The post Founder Interview: Jim Elliott – Volunteer to NonProfit Entrepreneur 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.

How to Go From Startup Founders to a Growing Team

Up and Running

My co-founder Andrew and I built Canny , a SaaS tool to help businesses collect and manage customer feedback and build their product roadmap, from the ground up. If you’re a first-time founder, here’s our advice for scaling your team effectively.

PRNEWS.IO Founder Reveals Five Brand Awareness Mistakes To Avoid

YFS Magazine

Every business owner wants to increase brand awareness. Here's a look at five common branding mistakes and how you can avoid them. Branding Grow brand awareness brand development branding

Founders Interview: Flash Pack

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine founders interviews, we sat down with Lee Thompson and Radha Vyas, the co-founders of Flash Pack , a lifestyle travel company specialising in adventure trips for solo travelers in their 30’s – 40’s. . Flash Pack’s co-founders and husband and wife team, Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson. Flash Pack co-founders Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson. The post Founders Interview: Flash Pack appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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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.

Five Keys To Remote Business Success Every Founder Needs To Know In 2021

YoungUpstarts

by Richard Roth, Founder of Progressive Tech. Richard Roth is the Founder of Progressive Tech , Seattle’s highest-rated technical support company, famous for a distinctively human-centric approach to client care.

Founder Fights in Boulder

Feld Thoughts

The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. A bunch of founders got in a boxing ring for a real, USA Boxing sanctioned event (three rounds, two minutes each). The post Founder Fights in Boulder appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Entrepreneurship boulder startup week boxing corner boxing founder fights

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Network to find co-founders just as you network to find investors. Co-founders are business partners for startups, so don’t be afraid to join and explore sites such as StartupWeekend, StartupAgents and CoFoundersLab. Finding a high-tech co-founder in the middle of Kansas may be a long search. Co-founder chemistry and interest matches are best explored outside the office.

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. Each co-founder should get equity for value, based on these key variables: Lived a key role in a previous startup. In many cases, one of the co-founders may bring some work in progress that can be patented, trademarked or copyrighted. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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Three Rules For Co-Founder Success

YFS Magazine

Grow Human Capital business partners co-founders partnership strategic partnershipsAfter signing paperwork to form our business, we soon learned that starting a business together was much like entering into a marriage.

Founder Interview: Abraham Gin on Entrepreneurs and Leadership

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series. The post Founder Interview: Abraham Gin on Entrepreneurs and Leadership appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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).” Typically this energizes new startup founders, but some struggle trying to live up to their own, as well as everyone else’s expectations. entrepreneur founder jockey role model startup superhuman In the beginning all businesses are just people playing out an idea. It’s never the other way around – there is no idea so big that it doesn’t need people to make it succeed.