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

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Community Entrepreneurship People Technology The entrepreneurs advice consultant Covid-19 Customer service diversity female founder Founder Interview Information technology latina leadership motivation Project management Social Distancing team Todays Inspired Latina Women in Tech

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.

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 PodcastsPodcasts are one of my favorite content mediums, and I know I’m not alone.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 co-founders Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign.

Give a Great Startup Founder and Entrepreneur Media Interview


It’s always on the checklist for a business and startup founder — get media attention. If you are a company or startup founder who has successfully secured the attention of a reporter and you’re nervous about your first real media interview, fear not!

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 founderWhat exactly do great leaders do that sets them above the rest?

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.”

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.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

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. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital. We’re also seeing a wave of folks who were not founders, but were star players among the first 25 folks at a unicorn company also starting new companies. As a founder with that kind of experience, you are likely to find that a lot of the typical advice for startups on the internet isn’t quite applicable.

Founder Interview: Jay Andreas, A.S.I. Construction

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series, we interviewed Mr. Jay Andreas. The post Founder Interview: Jay Andreas, A.S.I. Jay is the CEO of A.S.I. Construction, a leading contracting and remodeling company in Illinois.

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 revenueKanoongo and his wife Shikha are as they’d like to call themselves, “Black Addicts.”

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.

Acknowledging The Value of Coaching and Therapy for Founders

Feld Thoughts

First, Felicis Ventures is committing 1% on top of every check the firm writes in non-dilutive capital earmarked for “founder development” in coaching and mental health. “Felicis’ bet is that by making such resources available and publicly known, founders won’t feel too proud, or too much pressure to seem successful, to address personal and team issues. He also points to the survey he is doing for his new book titled Depression: A Founders Companion.

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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Female Founder Interview: Tanesha Lambert – Catalysts for Growth

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Tanesha is the founder and CEO of Intelquest, a business growth consultant in Naperville, Illinois. Lambert : We help founders bring relevant products and services to the marketplace.

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 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

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.

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.

The Founders – Season Three

Feld Thoughts

One of my favorite web tv shows – The Founders – is back. TechStars birdbox founders roximity uboolyEpisode 1 of Season 3 – Cave Explorer – is up. We’ll follow three of the TechStars Boulder 2012 companies through the program – Birdbox , Roximity , and Ubooly. Time to fall in love with the start of startups again.

4 Quotes From Successful Small Business Founders

Up and Running

Sometimes it can help to hear from small business founders who were able to breathe life into their business idea and make it go. These four founders shared their success stories with our LivePlan team over the past year. Allison Reitz, founder of Good Elephant. For some entrepreneurs and small business founders, business ideas seem to just appear—it’s about taking a skill or interest to the next level. Joanna Stanford, founder of Trots Dogs.

Founders Create Easy-To-Use Sunction Tool


Mother-daughter entrepreneurs and Bug Bite Thing founders, Kelley Higney and Ellen McAlister of Port St. We had a chance to interview one of the founders, Kelly, and asked about their story, how they started their business and the future of Bug Bite Thing.

Look For The Hunter Gene In Every New Venture Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs believe they are “different,” but they can’t quite understand how. They usually explain it by insisting that they are driven to follow their passion, need to be their own boss, want to get rich quick, or want to change the world. I now believe that the roots of the difference may go back more than 10,000 years, when hunting and farming became two different lifestyles.