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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …