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 …

You Just Raised Seed Funding. Now What?

You Just Raised Seed Funding. Now What?

After countless strategy sessions, hours upon hours spent talking to potential users about your product concept, and weeks of sleepless nights preparing investor pitches, you’ve done it: You just raised your first seed round. Congratulations! Now, take a moment to breathe… if you’ve made it this far, you’ve definitely earned it. Unfortunately, if you’re a first-time founder, securing your first …

Social Impact Entrepreneurship In The Arab World

people collaborating over social impact

As a company headquartered in the New York, we most often hear about innovative Tech for Good ventures that are oriented towards solving problems in the United States. However, FounderTherapy’s talented and dedicated engineering team is based in Ramallah, Palestine, and we are keenly interested in and aware of how technology can be used for positive social impact everywhere, and …

Kill Your Ideas, Save Your Startup

Kill Your Ideas, Save Your Startup

There’s a certain air of mystery around startup success, the idea that somewhere, somebody is coming up with the next Uber or Airbnb by pure luck, and that all you can do is keep throwing ideas into the market and wait for one to stick. There’s a general feeling that by having ideas and creating products, you’re playing the unicorn …

Why ‘Tech For Good’? The Challenges Of Corporate Sustainability

Tech for Good and sustainbility

Since joining FounderTherapy almost five months ago, I have sat in many meetings with clients and would-be clients, giving my requisite introduction and spiel about my background. For most people, this is not the most brain-intensive part of any given meeting. For me, however, I always have to think carefully about how I introduce myself and what parts of my …

Closing Too Soon: The Importance Of Understanding Your Prospect’s Problem

Here's why you need to show understanding of your prospect's problem.

Last week I had an interesting experience with an entrepreneur/consultant who was pitching his marketing services to me. I was curious about what he had to offer and wanted to spend some time discussing how he might be able to help market my product. He kicked off our initial phone call with a description of his services followed by two …

The 3 R’s of Contracts

three Rs of contracts

I’m not a lawyer. I’m not giving legal advice, and I suggest you consult your own lawyer (I can recommend at least a few good ones) before entering into any contractual agreements. I’ve been on both sides of quite a number of contracts (more than I can count), so I’ve seen a lot of different types of things embedded within …