Do Founders Really Need Mentors?


Do founders really need mentors? The post Do Founders Really Need Mentors? Thinking Aloud entrepreneur advice founders mentorsI’ve explored the answer to the question here. If you’re interested, hop in. appeared first on Young Upstarts.

10 Startup Founder Decisions That Have No Good Answer

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries 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?


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Cram Down – A Test of Character for VCs and Founders

Steve Blank

They offered desperate founders more cash but insisted on new terms, rewriting all the old stock agreements that previous investors and employees had. W hy would any founder agree to this? No founder is prepared to watch their company crumble beneath them.

9 Qualities Every Startup Founder Must Have


However, you must have the right traits to become a successful startup founder. . The post 9 Qualities Every Startup Founder Must Have appeared first on Young Upstarts. It's almost everyone's dream to become an entrepreneur.

7 Leadership Opportunities Founders Must Never Ignore

Startup Professionals Musings

I hear too often from business owners and entrepreneurs that they are bombarded by so many requests and problems, that they have trouble sorting out the daily crises from opportunities with a major payback for the business.

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.

7 Insights From Founders Who Have Been There Before

Startup Professionals Musings

When you have been on the startup firing line, you quickly learn that any insight from experts and entrepreneurs who have been there before you can make the difference between failure and success. Yet, many new entrepreneurs brazenly assume they are bulletproof, and march blindly into the fray.

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.”

Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

founders, marketers, investors?—?and As a VC, one of the key things I’m looking for in any new investor is “product-founder fit” e.g. does this founder have an insight or advantage that makes them uniquely suited to successfully build this product and business?

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.

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.

Female Founder Interview: Rebecca Kacaba Simplifies Capital Raising with Dealmaker

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Female Founder series , The Startup Magazine caught up with Rebecca Kacaba , CEO and Co-Founder of the capital raising platform DealMaker ( Rebecca: As a founder, raising capital is extremely difficult.

The Demographics Of New Venture Founders Are Changing

Startup Professionals Musings

Additionally, research has revealed that the average age of the founders of technology companies in the United States is a surprisingly high 39 - with twice as many over age 50 as under age 25.

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

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

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.

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.

Founders Interview: Digital Marketing Turning Brands into Icons – UKONIK

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founders Interview Series , we interviewed Luisa Mendoza and Tim Carter—CEO and COO of UKONIK —a true startup that began early this year. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

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

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.

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.

Founder Interview: Richard Lavina Innovating Accounting Services with Taxfyle

The Startup Magazine

The Startup Magazine continues our Founder Interview series with entrepreneur Richard Lavina, Co-Founder and CEO of accounting services platform, Taxfyle. Richard Lavina, CPA, Co-Founder and CEO of Taxfyle. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

Miami’s Cloud Summit offers founders fresh opportunities to scale globally

The Startup Magazine

And as the internet shifts gears into Web3, founders in The Magic City working to find novel ways to monetize everything from attention to color will be pleased to know that they have the continued support of the biggest industry players.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Founder Interview: Peter Agarwal Innovates with Green Lighting Solutions

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Founder Series. The post Founder Interview: Peter Agarwal Innovates with Green Lighting Solutions appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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, The post Founder Interview: Jim Elliott – Volunteer to NonProfit Entrepreneur appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Benjy Grinberg Explains The Importance of Scholarships For College-Bound Startup Founders


Scholarships are important for college-bound startup founders, as they can help reduce the amount of debt you have to take on and give you the freedom to focus on your business.

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

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.

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 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.

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.