What do we do if we suspect our own personalities might be a problem in our startup? How do we know if it’s even something to dig into? And if we do find out we’re the problem, what do we do about it?
How would we think about our startups if we knew this was the last startup we would ever do? Would we be so rushed? Would we still think killing ourselves to “get to an end game” was justified? What if this was the end game? How much stress would that alleviate?
Think of big companies like the Death Star. On the outset, it’s a planet killer. But its weakness, (other than a really questionably-architected ventilation system), is that it moves at a glacial pace. I spent 10 years running a digital agency working with these Fortune 500 giants like BMW, Best Buy and Eli Lilly. What […]
Startups feel like sprints in the beginning, but for any of us who have done this before, we’ve learned that it’s a marathon. We’re judged by our speed when we start — and our endurance when, and if, we finish. When Does “Pacing” Ourselves Start to Matter? Not in the beginning. In the beginning, it’s […]
Getting equity back from an existing stakeholder isn’t easy — but it is possible. It’s a situation that very few Founders have ever been through before, so no one really knows how to go about it. Let’s talk a bit about how the situation develops and what we can do to get some of that […]
I’m neck-deep in startup issues ranging from raising capital to dealing with frustrating employees to trying to chase down customers for payment. Is there some point where this all just sorta goes away and the business starts to run more comfortably?
If our startup has stalled, that doesn’t mean we’ve given up on it, it just means we have to figure out where it best fits in our lives.
Sometimes Founders do grow into great managers — and sometimes they were great managers already. But the real question is: “Do Founders need to be good managers?”
Startup failure is knowing our friends aren’t asking about our startup because they already know we’ve failed. It’s knowing we’re the punchline of community gossip, sometimes from fellow Founders who might have a right to joke, but mostly from those who don’t. It’s about trading that exciting victory we dreamed about for the nightmare that […]
The cap table is a ledger of who owns stock in our company. If you and I are the only owners of the company, there are exactly two entries in the cap table. Easy peasy. But as the company grows, and we start handing stock out to more people, the accuracy of the cap table […]