Entrepreneurship Tips — Founder

Should I join a company as a Founder?

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Should I join a company as a Founder?

If you have to ask this question, you are likely not passionate enough or ready in other ways to do this. The commitment to any startup is likely five or more years. And long working hours that can easily be sixty-to-eighty-hour weeks at times.  As a result, you need to know for certain you would both enjoy the work and are qualified to do the job offered. You also need to do your due diligence to understand the company’s team, finances and chances of success. About 85% of startups will fail. Just a fact. Asking about a specific company is...

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How long does it take to prepare to become a founder?

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How long does it take to prepare to become a founder?

I spent 10+ years preparing to launch my first big company opportunity at age twenty-nine. Having already started four different businesses before I finished high school, I had some basic experience and knowledge. I worked as a software engineer in my first full-time job after college. I worked on both mainframes and the first major Apple computer (Apple II). I then quickly move up the ranks to Senior Software Engineer, Architect and Vice President of Engineering by year five of my professional career.  That is exceptionally fast because I read every book available, did consulting on the side, worked long...

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Everyone Wants to Be an Entrepreneur

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Everyone Wants to Be an Entrepreneur

By Arielle Pardes Applications for new businesses rose 20 percent last year, after languishing for a decade. Many newly minted founders attribute it to the pandemic. ANGELA MUHWEZI-HALL HAD a startup idea long before the pandemic—it just never seemed like the right time. She had a steady job at a university, a 401(k), and the ability to take paid time off. Then came March 2020. As the university shut down and Muhwezi-Hall retreated to work from home, she started to think about making the leap. What she wanted to build was a job platform for service workers. While the idea was...

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68 CEO Responsibilities

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68 CEO Responsibilities

This is a great list for both taking on a new CEO position and getting up to speed, as well as to develop a proactive development and learning program for any CEO or senior executive wishing to improve their executive management skills. It lays out well all the things you need to juggle when you have both the privilege and responsibilities of the top spot in any organization. General Operations 1. Establish primary goals of the Board -- maintenance of status quo, evaluation, and recommendations or take charge through the implementation of the new game plan.2. Meet all first-reports, introduce...

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Why Do Founders Often Fail as CEOs?

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Why Do Founders Often Fail as CEOs?

Because being a CEO of a startup is the most complex job there is today. People greatly underestimate what it takes to be successful. It takes at least 10 and more likely`5+ years' experience to accumulate the experience needed for a high chance of success. Here is a list of the skills we teach at The CEO & Entrepreneur Boot Camp: 1. Recruiting 2. Management 3. Marketing & Branding 4. Product Development & Innovation 5. Operations, customer services 6. Finance 7. Sales 8. Raising capital 9. Leadership 10. Competitive Intelligence 11. Market Research 12. Vision 13. Competitive Strategy 14. Organizational...

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