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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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How to Think Long-Term When Money is Running Out

It’s easy to buy into the ‘overnight success’ story. But in reality, building a venture is a five- to seven-year endeavour. It requires foresight, strategy and a huge amount of patience . . ....

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Why Every Manager Should Learn Nonviolent Communication

We are dangerous when we are not conscious of our responsibility for how we behave, think, and feel,”―Marshall B. RosenbergNonviolent Communication

All my biggest regrets as a founder are around not having...

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Why Founders Should Set Clear Limits

How clear is the line between you and your startup? For me, drawing this line has been a huge challenge. After ten years as a founder, I’m sharing three simple ideas that can help you set boundaries with your...

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How to 10X the Feedback in Your Company

Teams that are good at giving each other feedback are faster, more innovative, and often happier at work. Here’s why it’s not enough to just ask for honest feedback . . . and what you have to do to...

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The Role of Celebration in Scaling Your Startup

Acknowledging your team’s hard work can have a powerful effect on morale and output. But when there’s nothing obvious to celebrate, recognizing the small wins can make all the difference.

It took six months...

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How to Raise Money for your Startup in 2019

If you want to be one of the 15% of seed-funded tech companies that raise a Series A, keep reading.

In this essay, we’ll run through my Top 36 fundraising tips. But first, let’s make sure we’re on the same...

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The Most Common Mistake Startups Make About Agile Management

Move fast. Speed is one of your main advantages over large companies.” Sam Altman, CEO, YC Combinator

Move fast? Easier said than done.

Every founder knows that familiar feeling of ‘moving too slowly’...

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The 3 Daily Mantras Every CEOs Should Repeat

If you’ve ever worked at a startup, you know how chaotic it can get. New issues, new opportunities, and new ideas come out of nowhere. Like a roller coaster, it’s fast and it gets the adrenaline pumping.

But...

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How to Coach Your Team and Get The Result You Want

If you’ve ever found it difficult to get the results you want from other people, try this simple management technique.

Like most of the founders I meet, when I started my first business, I was new to managing...

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