Founder Suicides

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I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Depression depression las vegas startup communities suicide

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

One of our recent investments, offered by Founder Collective (FC) – an eight-year-old manager with offices in Boston and San Francisco – is an excellent example of what we look for when we invest in funds offered by other managers. Investments fg next founder collective LP

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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. The best entrepreneurs understand their people and embrace constructive conflict for steering through the maze of innovation and change common to every startup.

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

Gust

We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation. Many startup founders find themselves lacking clarity and direction when it comes time to divide their. Starting Your Company co-founders equity starting a company startups

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup. The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Two heads are always better than one in a startup.

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. Most “business-focused” single founders are told right from the get go that they need to find a technical co-founder. 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. These questions should all be contemplated and understood by every entrepreneur and startup founder, starting on day one of their quest.

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. The post Founder’s Syndrome and Origin Stories appeared first on Feld Thoughts. CEO boulder digital arts ceo founders training video

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. Startup founders operate in chaos and uncertainty.

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

I have personally used this approach in leading startups as well as large organizations, in highly technical roles as well as business development and marketing. For one-on-one coaching from the startup founder, I call this approach five-minute mentoring.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

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. The post Raising Capital As A First Time Founder appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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. Lead personal development startup lessons success success adviceWhat drives you to succeed?

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. Startup founders need to see, touch and feel all the key elements of a new business as it evolves, much like an artist renders a new painting or sculpture. business entrepreneur hands-on startup

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

A startup is not just about the idea, it’s about testing and then implementing the idea. This startup was broken at multiple levels. In fact, it wasn’t even a startup. There were three problems with Dave’s startup. A Startup is Not Just About a Good Idea.

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. A business startup is not an academic environment, or a big company research organization. entrepreneur recruiting startup technical co-founder

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? I was having breakfast with Radhika, an ex-grad student of mine who wanted to share her Customer Discovery progress for her consumer hardware startup. Are We Missing A Founder?

Startup Founders Can Learn From Reality Television

Startup Professionals Musings

Here are eight key points that I believe should be taken from the show by every startup founder looking for investors in real life, across the range of venture capitalists, angel investors, or even friends and family: You will be judged first as a person, then by your idea.

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 ). It’s not a perfectly accurate statement, but it serves our purpose well enough and it speaks to the intangibles that are a part of evaluating founders (although there are many tangible criteria too.).

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.”

Startup Founders Face Serious Business Culture Myths

Startup Professionals Musings

business culture entrepreneur ethics myths startup New entrepreneurs tend to focus only on getting the product right, and assume that the right culture and ethics will come later simply by hiring good people.

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 We sat down with Kathryn as she shared what her fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons she learned, and her advice to fellow founders, especially women.

8 Attributes Of The Most Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs leverage their startup creativity with techniques like involving everyone early and often, ideation, and attending to the details. An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.”

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. It takes time for the equity value to get to a point where it makes sense for the founders and employees to take a bit of their equity value off the table.

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. In fact, my salary never caught up with my pre startup salary across 2 companies and 8 years. And that’s what differentiates founders and early employees.

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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. The value in a startup is all about tangible results, so there is no equity value in the idea alone.

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8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur who has not spent years in corporate life has the advantage of an unbiased look at business opportunities, but at the same time has the disadvantage of missing critical business experiences that can cost them dearly in their first startup venture.

Should founders get Stock Options?

StartupCFO

Founders often ask me whether they should be asking for stock options in their own company. There’s no one right way to think about founder incentive compensation, but here’s how I have approached it over the years. You will go from being a founder to being an executive in your company.

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. If you are a founder, an employee in a startup, or an investor in a startup, you have to be playing a long term game. We have already seen examples of founders and management obtaining liquidity in front of investors.

5 Resources To Help Minority Startup Founders

Inc Startups

The startup scene is still struggling with diversity, but that doesn't mean you need to put your own business plans on hold. Startup

Startup Founders Need To Manage Their Optimism

Startup Professionals Musings

John Bradberry, in “ 6 Secrets to Startup Success ” identifies five key biases that sabotage many passionate entrepreneurs in their startup decision making. Overconfidence leads founders to treat their assumptions as facts and see less uncertainty and risk than actually exists.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote a post about “ the politics of startups ” in which I asserted that all companies have politics, which in its purest sense is just about understanding human psychology. One founder has more risk tolerance and the other wants to be conservative.

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. — Unremarked and unheralded, the balance of power between startup CEOs and their investors has radically changed: IPOs/M&A without a profit (or at times revenue) have become the norm. The startup process has become demystified – information is everywhere. VCs competing for unicorn investments have given founders control of the board.

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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. Three co-founders is acceptable, but anything beyond that the chances of success of the company may actually decrease. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

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 We sat down with Jason as he shared what his fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons he learned, and his advice to fellow founders.

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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. We sat down with Kevin as he shared what his fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons he learned, and his advice to fellow founders.

What is an effective “pre-incorporation-agreement” between possible founders of a startup?

Gust

The bottom line is that the very question you are asking is one of the trickiest things of all when it comes to startup founding. Then sit down with your co-founders and divvy up the equity based on the contributions you all believe each of you will make…providing for reverse vesting, a large option pool, and a clear decision-making structure. Pivotal Moments equity Founder equity founder relationships founders incorporation agreement startups

5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

OnStartups

Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. So here''s an initial list of mistakes that you SHOULD make as a startup founder. The objective of the startup game is to win, and two losses don''t equal a win.

How to Protect Your Startup Founder’s Shares

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role.

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

Whether you have an idea for a tech startup, or you want to join someone who does, life is too short to work on something you are not passionate about. So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? link] - a free job board for startups.