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Podcast Episode

Burnt. Out.


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How are you feeling today? Chances are, as a Founder, some version of tired, worn out, mentally foggy, or stressed part of the answer. We're going to dive into burn out. How to see it coming, how to avoid it, and how to recharge when you've gone too far.



Podcast Episode

Am I a Fraud?


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As a Founder, when was the last time you felt like you had no idea what you were doing? Today we talk about why feeling like a fraud is actually a very normal part of Founder life.



Podcast Episode

Work Life Balance


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Stay longer. Work harder. Sleep less. As startup Founders we've all gone through periods where this felt necessary. Learn how balancing life and your startup is actually beneficial for you and your company.



Podcast Episode

Preparing Your Spouse for a Startup


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As a Founder, you've likely spent years in the build-up to actually starting your company, but how much time did you dedicate to preparing your spouse for the leap into entrepreneurship?

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Top Comment
Jeremiah Prummer

I think it's really hard to know what to expect in your first startup. Because of that, I didn't prepare my wife well for it, and we had to work through it on the fly. We learned a lot together, and ultimately discovered where each of our limits were.

At the end of the day, I chose to honor her limits and step away from running the startup in a full time capacity. The result has been a greater trust on her part and (I believe) a greater tolerance for future risk.

It's been a little over a year since I stepped away full-time, and we're BOTH dreaming about what the next startup would look like and what we need to make it work. We'll be much better prepared the next time around, but I don't think we could have done much more to prepare the first time.



Podcast Episode

Equity Doesn't Mean Equal


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50-50 even-Steven when splitting equity is best, right? Not so much. Turns out cutting things right down the middle is rarely fair to start and only gets further out of balance as time goes on.

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Top Comment
Pedro Machado

Evaluating the real contribution of every partner is also subjective. Partner A may do all the work but Partner B, for example, has such good contacts in the industry that, alone, Partner B can catapult the company from 0 to 6-0 in no time at all. Years ago I had a lazy partner that had the gift of being able to get through the front door of a potential client, without a referral, without an appointment, knowing nobody inside and getting out with a signed contract. He had 50% of the company, worked a full 8 hours... per week, and was the best partner I have ever had. Besides, you can compensate the difference in work participation with salary, bonuses... and keep the partnership intact.



Podcast Episode

Can I Have a Boss Again?


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As a Founder, what happens when we're forced into going back to reporting to someone else now that we've tasted the freedom of Founderhood?

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Wil Schroter

Hey everyone this is Wil Schroter, the Co-Host of Startup Therapy and the Founder + CEO of Startups.com Just wanted to say thank you for listening and writing in over the past year.

We're launching these new forums to allow every one in the community to begin sharing their experiences and where possibly, helping each other out.

We'll all be watching these threads closely, so if you have something to say, please know you've got our ear!



Article

Save Your Startup With This Founder Advice From Thelonious Monk


  

There is genius waiting inside each of us. So don’t let your startup slip away, and instead, get in there and lead the band. Take us all on a journey. Let your imagination be as big as the world.



Article

Want to Disrupt and Innovate? You Can’t Do It Without Books


  

While listening to background sounds of surf washing over sand, I pour my mind into books that can make me a better leader and manager. Not only does this center me, but it opens my mind to possibilities I wouldn’t otherwise consider.



Article

Espionage In The Era Of The Entrepreneur: How Safe Is Your Intellectual Property?


  

In a world where business moves at the speed of the IOT, and where data and passwords are more readily available online, entrepreneurs have a new obstacle to address: the protection of their intellectual property.



Article

Nancy Duarte’s Story: How She Grew Duarte Designs


  

Nancy Duarte, author and co-founder of Duarte Designs, is a pro when it comes to presentations. Check out her story.



Article

How To Find A Virtual Assistant For Your Business


  

There are several factors to consider in order to find the virtual assistant that’s best for you. Find out what works best for you with Zirtual.



Article

Growth Hacker Is the New VP Marketing


  

Rather than a VP of Marketing with a bunch of non-technical marketers reporting to them, instead growth hackers are engineers leading teams of engineers.



Article

Meet 7 Angel Investors Who Love Crowdfunding


  

Equity crowdfunding is a relatively new way for angels to connect with startups, but we're already seeing angel investors flock to crowdfunding campaigns.



Article

Emblem: Destroying the Blank Canvas for Designers


  

Creating a logo and all of the associated branding material just got easier.



Article

Revamp Your Marketing Plan


  

When creating your Marketing Plan, remember that the quality of your efforts is what really matters — not some random vanity metric.



Article

What a Venture Capital Group Invests In


  

Unlike an angel investor, a venture capital group can only invest in deals that have a huge potential upside that will likely lead to an acquisition or IPO.



Article

Small Business Trend Predictions For 2017


  

Since we’ve already entered a new year, I hope that you’ve been making your goals in preparing for 2017. Here 12 small business trend predictions that deserve your undivided attention.



Article

A Little Revenue Is Worse Than No Revenue


  

In the startup world, payment is validation. If someone is willing to pay you for your service, you’re onto something. If no one will pay you, then you’ve got an issue with your message, your offer, product/market fit, something.



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4 Ways To Make Good On Your Crowdfunding Promises


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At Fundable, we stress the fact that extensive preparation is the key differentiator between crowdfunding success and failure.




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