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?
I'm sure you've already heard this from other experts, but rest assured, you're not the only one that goes through this dilemma. Here is my advice: set expectations early, get an agreement and document it on paper (either formally through an Operating Agreement or informally like a Team Charter).
I always recommend getting input from the rest of your team to help shape your vision. Be genuine when asking for their opinion. Do consider that there will be times where your co-founders may have more subject-matter expertise then you. Solicit opinion, value their feedback and make the decision.