Why We Do FounderHours

female startup founder success

By Brian Tait and Dana Spiegel Over the last few years, we’ve spoken to more than 300 founders. Very few of them are technologists. Many of them have never even worked for a software company. Most of them are what we would call “domain experts” — they’ve spent years (usually 10+) working in a particular industry and, as a result, …

I Burned Through So Much Investor Cash The Fire Department Showed Up

A pile of investor money on fire.

As I write this, I’m looking over the charred remains of what used to be my startup. As a technology company, we’d taken all the steps we knew to run and scale a company. However, one thing they don’t teach you in “The Lean Startup” is what to do when you start burning cash so hard it ignites a fire. …

No Apologies: On Going All In As A Female Founder With Leadership Coach Laura Westman

Leadership Coach Laura Westman

As part of our mission to support founder development throughout every stage of the startup journey, FounderTherapy recognizes that women encounter distinct challenges in building their businesses. When leadership coach Laura Westman, PCC, approached us about using FounderTherapy as a backdrop for her monthly meetup dedicated to helping women overcome these obstacles, we eagerly signed up to be part of …

What Makes A Great Founder

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By Brian Tait Startups are tough business. Companies fail all the time, often because their founders were never suited for the job in the first place. The truth is, even if all the odds are stacked in your favor, your startup will see dark days. There’s no secret recipe to becoming an ideal founder. But, throughout many years of building …

Going For Your First Raise? Here’s What You Need To Know

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By Brian Tait It’s a misnomer that there’s some perfect recipe to getting investment money for your startup. Bad products get funded all the time, while good products fly under investors’ radars. There’s no secret sauce for getting funded. There’s no perfect pitch length, no ideal deck length, and no single one-sheet that will seal the deal. Pitching an investor …

Storytelling as a tool to advance awareness of human rights

“The bodies of Dalit women is where the war of caste is being fought.” -Asha Kowtal talks about the Hindu caste system has impacted her life and the lives of other Dalit women in India. Listen to her story.   Unleashing the voices of those that work to give voice to the marginalized among us For the last year and …

FounderTherapy Joins New York’s Civic Hall To Help Spur Innovation That Makes An Impact

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As part of our Tech for Good initiative, FounderTherapy is proud to share that we’ve officially joined Civic Hall, a groundbreaking collaboration center for civic innovators. Located in NYC’s Flatiron District, Civic Hall connects people and organizations with a cross-sector network, professional growth/development, and opportunities to collaborate and advance the use of technology for the public good. “We joined Civic …

Corporations Are Killing Sustainability… But Startups Can Bring it Back

Factory and startup thinking together to solve for sustainability.

Corporate complexity kills sustainability. Weathering the flood of process and politics, large companies struggle with the flexibility needed to drive innovation. And, while this reality fuels anxiety about our planet’s future, it also creates fertile ground for startups to plant seeds of true sustainable change. It’s not just in good form to want to care about the environment or the …

You Don’t Need A CTO To Launch Your Startup

You don't need a cto to launch your startup

By Dana Spiegel and Brian Tait Founders often ask us if they need a CTO in order to get funding for their startups. Investors tell them things like, “If you can’t attract a CTO, then you must not have a compelling company.” Sometimes they’ll say, “I only invest in companies that have strong tech leadership.” Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom is …

How To Make Sure Your Idea Doesn’t Suck Before You Waste A Million Dollars On It

How to Make Sure Your Idea Doesn't Suck Before You Waste A Million Dollars On It

Remember a few years ago when Netflix thought it would be a good idea to change the name of movie-by-mail division to Qwikster? Mashable criticized the move as perhaps the worst product launch since New Coke. More than 23,000 people commented on a blog post by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announcing the change, and most of those comments were ruthless …