My startup is long since out of money and I’m doing everything I can to keep the show going. I feel like I owe it to my investors, staff, and customers to make this work even though at this point everyone has pretty much abandoned me. They would tell me if I should stop killing myself, right?
At some point after we’ve been so diluted by investors, are we really “Founders” anymore, or are we just glorified employees with a little bit of stock? At what point is it no longer worth sticking with our startup and may be worthwhile to just go start something else?
Are there any benefits to being a Founder who came from nothing? What kind of behaviors or expectations might they have which are an advantage at a startup company and why?
What do we Founders “owe” our employees? For all of the work they invest, what return should they rightfully expect on that effort? Who determines that payback, and how do we determine what’s sufficient?
How many follow up emails should I be sending prospective investors? How do I toe the line between being consistent on my follow up and just being a straight-up stalker? I don’t want to miss my opportunity but I’m not sure how this game is played exactly.
I’m meeting with lots of investors and I can’t seem to get a straight answer on where they stand. I’m either getting my teeth kicked in or getting strung along! Why can’t investors just give me a simple yes/no without me feeling bruised or confused?
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?
At Startups.com, we built an 8-figure business by saying “no” — a lot. We knew going in that if we’re going to have 100% control of our destiny now and in the future, that would only work if we could constantly say “no” in a disciplined manner. But you know what? Saying “no” sucks. Just […]
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?