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Startup Series: Founders of failed startups take heart, people don't fail or succeed, ventures do
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Startup Series: Founders of failed startups take heart, people don't fail or succeed, ventures do

Failed ventures provide the opportunity for a lot more reflection and embody a lot more learning for founders than successful ventures do.

Startup Series: Founders ignoring their own wellness can adversely affect the company
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Startup Series: Founders ignoring their own wellness can adversely affect the company

It wont be much fun if your company is celebrating milestones and you are sitting under your desk rendered immobile by your anxiety.

Startup Series: Founder conflicts and key asset ownership
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Startup Series: Founder conflicts and key asset ownership

One of the most common disagreements arise from the ownership of things that founders may bring to the potluck called the startup.

Startup Series: Attracting the right talent is a contact sport
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Startup Series: Attracting the right talent is a contact sport

Here are some pointers with helping founders find people for their teams.

Startup Series: The art of equity distribution among the early employees
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Startup Series: The art of equity distribution among the early employees

This column draws upon the several startup situations I have been or advised in and covers some essential considerations in such a discussion.

Startup Series: Losing and regaining one’s mojo as a founder
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Startup Series: Losing and regaining one’s mojo as a founder

Those in solid founder teams too don't just have a collective experience; they also have their own, personal experiences of the founding journey.

Startup Series: How to be a valuable non-tech co-founder
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Startup Series: How to be a valuable non-tech co-founder

The excessive media focus on techies as startup founders often makes non-techies doubt their ability to found and build a startup and create value.

Startup Series: Getting help is important; here's how you go about it
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Startup Series: Getting help is important; here's how you go about it

Asking for help is an essential founder survival skill.

Startup Series: Going Global from the start is pertinent to enable future success at scale
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Startup Series: Going Global from the start is pertinent to enable future success at scale

As we have discussed before in this column series, founders benefit from creating a scaffold, a structure that enables future success at scale, without them needing to come back later and fix things that should have been done right the first time.

Startup Series: Risk and your startup
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Startup Series: Risk and your startup

A healthcare startup founder I know was in a dilemma. For a pretty sizeable chunk of the equity pie, she had agreed to take on as cofounder a tech development guy. He would in turn build the platform which would enable her business model. As delivered, the platform however was far from adequate.

Startup Series: Building your startup’s culture
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Startup Series: Building your startup’s culture

To be fair, building organisational culture is usually not on many founders’ radars in the early days, when much must be done in very little time.

Startup Series: Pay for a good lawyer!
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Startup Series: Pay for a good lawyer!

The advice of a competent, experienced startup lawyer is something founders would do well to pay for.

Startup series: Building the business on a shoestring budget
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Startup series: Building the business on a shoestring budget

A startup, while it works to make revenue with its product or service, incurs essential costs. A shoestring budget calls for resourcefulness and creativity in building the business.

Startup series: Starting on a shoestring; building the MVP
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Startup series: Starting on a shoestring; building the MVP

An MVP, as founders will know, is a bare-bones prototype that can be used to test if the dream should remain a dream or if some elbow grease may help its realisation.

Startup series: Slicing up the equity pie
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Startup series: Slicing up the equity pie

Early stage ventures often cannot afford to pay people market rates, nor can they risk core talent walking away easily. Giving equity to co-founders, who bring key talent, helps address these concerns.

Startup Series: Do you need a fancy job title?
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Startup Series: Do you need a fancy job title?

In the early days of a startup, founders do everything from washing cups to taking and making calls to filing papers to paying bills.

Startup Series: Assessing a co-founder and the search is analogous to dating
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Startup Series: Assessing a co-founder and the search is analogous to dating

The search for a co-founder is analogous to dating. There is an ideal checklist of attributes — skills, qualities and more as you will see — and then there is the ineffable chemistry check.

Startup Series: Do I need a co-founder?
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Startup Series: Do I need a co-founder?

Those who read my last column may have noted my ambivalence towards the “previously successful business model applied to a different market” line of thinking.

Startup Series: What are some of the smart ways of running a start-up? To run it frugal is a good start.
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Startup Series: What are some of the smart ways of running a start-up? To run it frugal is a good start.

Investors are beginning to appreciate start-ups that are scrappy, survive on meagre budgets and are therefore able to weather downswings with minimal damage.