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Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

From those founders, we are aware that FC takes their mission “to be the most aligned fund to founders at the seed stage” very seriously.

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups with weak directives, poor communication, and ineffective cultures are breeding grounds for negative interpersonal dynamics.

5 Mantras Startup Founders Should Live By

YFS Magazine

Here are five mantras that drive the way I do business — important startup lessons I've learned along the way. What drives you to succeed?

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Two heads are always better than one in a startup.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

They’ll therefore systematically seek to invest in startups at the lowest cost-basis possible. So What Should Founders Do?

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. Of the investments I’ve made to-date, six have 2 founders, one has 3 founders, and three have 1 founder.

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.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups succeed most often when the founding partners know how to build and run a business, rather than how to build and run technology.

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

For one-on-one coaching from the startup founder, I call this approach five-minute mentoring. Listen and adapt your style to theirs.

Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories

Feld Thoughts

One of the free ones is on Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories. The Impact of My Book Startup Communities.

Raising Capital As A First Time Founder

Gust

Though it was only $5,000, it was enough to prove to myself and my co-founder, Lauren Mosenthal, that we could actually fundraise for our startup.

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

After weeks honing the script and days of filming, I’m honored to present the “ Startups ” section of Founders School.

Startup Founders Can Learn From Reality Television

Startup Professionals Musings

business entrepreneur lessons Shark Tank startupYet the process is eerily realistic, and every entrepreneur can glean some important lessons.

7 Ways Founders Demonstrate They Can Run A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I don’t see many startups run in absentia or by big company executives. The best founders know how to pull the best out of others.

8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Startups don’t come with formal training courses. Startups don’t come with pension, health, or 401(k) plans included.

The Bloomberg Startup Barometer

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I came across this index from Bloomberg that tracks the health of the US startup ecosystem. VC & Technology

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Work Truck Solutions’ Kathryn Schifferle

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Kathryn Schifferle, Founder and CEO of Work Truck Solutions, turned being a woman in work trucks into an oversubscribed $2.1 million round.

Startup Founders Face Serious Business Culture Myths

Startup Professionals Musings

business culture entrepreneur ethics myths startup times the return of other companies over the last 10 years. The reality is different.

Founder DNA – How Investors Evaluate Startup Founders

Instigator Blog

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 ). For starters, it’s expected that all founders are passionate.

Travel Hacking for Startup Founders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here is how I find the cheapest way to get from point A to point B and back

Founders Circle

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. VC & Technology

Should founders get Stock Options?

StartupCFO

Founders often ask me whether they should be asking for stock options in their own company. In the early stages, you’re a 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. It is.

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. business entrepreneurs startups

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The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. Startup Lessons

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Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers.

3 Tricks to Resolving Conflicts Between Startup Co-Founders

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

But conflicts between startup co-founders can put everyone out of a job. Trick #1: Understand your co-founder’s conflict style.

Current Startup Market Emotional Biases

Feld Thoughts

“Many Unicorn founders and CEOs have never experienced a difficult fundraising environment — they have only known success. The “Many Unicorn founders …” quote is the first of four emotional biases that Bill calls out. The post Current Startup Market Emotional Biases appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Pixar, Artists, Founders and Corporate Innovation

Steve Blank

I always thought that when I used the “founders as artists” analogy, the “artists” I was describing were painters, writers, sculptors and composers.

Startup Founders Need To Manage Their Optimism

Startup Professionals Musings

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

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. Let’s revisit the “norms” on founder vesting and figure out what makes sense for today.

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.”

What the Founder’s Email Address Says About Your Startup

Genuine VC

But the one thing I find which also makes a subtle impression on me when I meet a founder of a startup is the convention of the company’s email address. johnsmith@startup.com <– Precision trumps brevity in this startup. Or, it wants to ascribe internal prestige to the early employees (i.e. “I What else am I missing

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6 Qualities To Look For In A Startup Co-Founder

YFS Magazine

Like any great relationship, a co-founders should evolve as they face new challenges and opportunities.

Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. They prefer teams of two or three over a solo founder. Stay strong.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport

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Jason Rappaport, Founder and CEO of Squareknot, has raised $1.3 Here is what he had to say: HK: Tell me a Read more >.

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Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Planitar’s Kevin Klages

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Kevin Klages, Co-Founder and CEO of Planitar, raised a $500,000 seed round after four pitches to angel investors. How did you Read more >.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, I’m one of the majority of investors who believe that startup success is more about the execution than the idea. Marty Zwilling.

1 Startup School Every Founder Should Consider (and It's Free)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This April, a top ranked global accelerator is free for founders