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How Founders Can Negotiate Their Salary

Insights on founder salaries suggest a different way of discussing compensation with the board

If you’re motivated by a high salary, think twice before founding a startup. Even if you manage to raise money from angel or seed...

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The Five Meetings Every CEO Should Lead

How the right meetings can set up your team for success—and help you step out of the day-to-day.

When your whole company works in the same room, news gets around fast. Impromptu meetings, discussions over lunch, and...

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How to Develop Talent in Your Growth Startup

The opportunity for startups to grow their own leaders has never been greater.

When your company is scaling, it’s critical to develop your leaders. More staff means more information, more communication, and more people...

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10 Communication Techniques Used by Great Leaders

 

Whether you’re leading a meeting, a team, or a company, your ability to communicate can set you apart as a leader. The skill of bringing others along with you, managing difficult situations, and expressing yourself...

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How to Get Investors to Actually Read Your Updates

I receive a lot of monthly update emails from CEOs I’ve invested in. It takes real discipline to update stakeholders regularly and I admire those founders who keep it up.

While I do open all the updates I receive, I must...

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How Your Biggest Strength Can Reveal Your Biggest Weakness

 

It takes great assertiveness, focus, and hustle to get a new company off the ground. If you’re an early-stage founder, you likely have these strengths in abundance, and if they can take you from Zero to One, they...

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What It Means to Be A Startup CEO

 
On the surface, it’s a simple question: what should a startup CEO actually do? But the simplest questions can be the hardest to answer.

You might be surprised by how many scale-up CEOs come to me seeking clarity...

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How to Deeply Understand Customer's Behaviour

The most successful founders and product managers often seem to understand their customers better than they understand themselves. Here are some of their best techniques that you can use yourself.

There’s no better way to to...

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Why You Have to Let Your Team Sweat it Out

If you’ve ever felt like you’re being too easy on your team, here’s how and why you should let them sweat—without going too far.

 

It’s hard enough to accept our own failures and shortcomings...

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The 21 Most Common Founder Dilemmas

The most dangerous threats to your business are the hardest to share, and often, no one else gets the full picture until it’s too late.

When you’re a CEO, your mind never fully switches off. From the day you form your...

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