How does someone “grow” in an organization that may never surpass a dozen people? My team wants is always comparing their growth path at my startup versus a big company — how do I become a better alternative?
Why are we perfectly comfortable using money as the metric for startup success at the expense of pretty much every other aspect of our lives? When we use money as the only metric, what other compromises are we making to get there, and frankly, is it even worth it?
Why do we talk about how big our startups could be before we talk about how likely we are to get there? What’s the point of going after a billion dollars if we can far more likely achieve a million dollars? Who’s really driving these decisions?
How does my reputation as a Founder (not my startup) affect me over the long term? If my reputation is tarnished, where will it hurt me? Where does that reputation really come from anyway and what can I do to develop it?
Is this you – “I’m thinking about raising capital but I don’t know where to start. How do I start building a network of people who can help make introductions to investors and guide me through the process”. Read on…
I saw someone in your social network that I’d love to get an introduction to. How can I make that ask while making you feel good about doing it?
A Founder that doesn’t understand startup finance is a liability to the company.
As Founders, we spend an inordinate amount of time setting and pursuing goals, yet the ones that truly matter — the ones that affect us personally — are often amorphous. If we’re spending every waking moment working toward a goal, it stands to reason that our goals should have an insane amount of fidelity.
Tons of people say that having a cofounder is a huge advantage in a startup. I’m going through the process right now and I want to make sure I’m asking the right questions about whether a cofounder works for me. I understand the upsides, but really what keeps me up at night are the downsides. What should I be asking myself?
It looks like we’re going to have scale down operations. Does this mean we’ve failed? Is this really just the start of our downward spiral? How should I be thinking about contraction?