I'm a 1st time startup co founder and CEO. My partner joined after falling in love with the idea, but since then, decision making became much more complicated, and I feel like the product gets pulled in too many opposing directions. When I do insist on my vision, we execute together beautifully. We did agree that I'll be the CEO, but it seems he has trouble settling for it. Any advice?
How is the equity of the company currently distributed? Make sure important foundation based details like this are set and firmly understood by all parties before moving forward any further.
Part of becoming a CEO involves taking lead, and being firm in deciding your direction. Share with your co-founder that you value his opinion, but that you are the lead decision maker at the end of the day. Things will go more smoothly if everyone is on the same page about this.
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