The Difference Between a Founder and a CEO
Last week we had a discussion at Heg.ai community about a CEO’s role in a startup. The reason for the discussion was my article about CEOs’ roles in early-stage startups. I had a great discussion with Pavel Hegai and Victor Savyuk. We agreed on the fact that CEO is a…
Startups and Risks
A brief review on risks, because the field of venture capital is all about managing risks. What does the portrait of the ideal founder look like? Has worked for years in the top companies in the industry in which they are launching a startup = understanding the market. Ages of working on one specific problem = understanding the pain points and having the competencies. Thoughtful and proactive = enough ambitions to build a unicorn.
A brief review on risks, because the field of venture capital is all about managing risks.
What does the portrait of the ideal founder look like?
- Has worked for years in the top companies in the industry in which they are launching a startup = understanding the market.
- Ages of working on one specific problem = understanding the pain points and having the competencies.
- Thoughtful and proactive = enough ambitions to build a unicorn.
Sometimes the first two points are enough for a VC at an early stage to put the first money in. After all, if founders made a pre-MVP and came to VC, then they probably have the p. 3 as well.
I am not an Expert in Crypto, but..
Diving into the topic of blockchain, crypto, DAO etc. it was pretty easy to feel dumb. Basically, I still barely understand anything except that THIS IS OTHER THAN WEB 2.0!!! But seriously, here’s what I’ve noticed so far: 1. MVP doesn’t work here. Well, either you make a normal contract…
What is the Main Job of an Early-Stage Startup CEO?
To answer this question quite simply, it’s to sort out all the crap and get things done. Is your CTO getting cranky? Go talk to them. Is your bizdev acting dumb? Go talk to them. A 19 year old product manager wants a 10% option? Go talk to them and…
Startup is 80% Execution and 20% Everything Else
Based on the example of my new project, I see the incredible importance of the team’s cohesion and productivity. It is also crucial that a team consists of successful and unsuccessful founders. It helps to set up an executive team, while at the same time not getting burned out at…
How do You Distinguish a Pain Point from a Wish?
It seems easy. The distinction between a pain point and a wish is a material or emotional damage that can be assessed. Drop the mike. Truth be told, pain is often very difficult to catch, and you have to separate it somehow from socially approved responses. I’ll give you an…
Parental Leave is the New Sexy
I recently had a conversation with a co-founder of a cool project called Parently. The founders went into the up-and-coming wellbeing market, or rather its fast-growing niche — corporate wellbeing. I’m a fan of women’s leadership and of the fact that women look at the world in a completely different…