Entrepreneurial Stress

Imagine lying awake at night, knowing that the fate of the world rests on your shoulders.  Either you succeed and humanity gains the ability to reduce a major pain – or you fail and we soldier on as we’ve always done.  This is the pressure of founding a startup.  On the upside, we have hope and a shot at improving the world around us.  On the downside, we have a crushing responsibility and challenge after challenge standing in our way.  At Boulder BITS, I help awesome entrepreneurs harness the upside and work through the downside.   Here, I’ll…

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Indestructible Teams

Strong startup teams are one of the greatest resources we have on Earth.  They create new realities, efficiencies, and global benefits (both physical and digital). Yet, grouping individual entrepreneurs into powerful teams has a ridiculously low success rate.  As a CEO of a startup studio, it is my responsibility to form and invest in teams to execute scalable startup solutions.   I view forming teams like blacksmithing, something I dabbled in as a teen. You can’t mold a team too quickly or it will crack.  You have to repeatedly change the environment from extreme hot to…

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A More Resilient Startup

I’m a huge fan of the “ropeadope.”  If you’re not familiar with this boxing term, go watch Muhammad Ali’s 1974 victory over the world champion, George Foreman.  In this amazing match, Ali tricked his opponent by leaning against the ropes until George Forman punched himself into exhaustion.  He used a previously unknown advantage – the elastic ropes absorb most of the energy from an opponent’s punches.  While the blows come in very different forms when you run a startup, you’ll want to consider which advantages will help you stay on your feet and beat the…

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