Founder Questions


4 Votes
5 Answers
1.19K Views
Do I need a technical cofounder?

I am in the very early stages of my first startup. I am not technical so I was wondering if getting a technical cofounder should be my first step or if I can go it alone with just my idea at first?...

asked Jul 29 '12 at 06:23
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Peter
21 points

4 Votes
2 Answers
811 Views
Is this a fair CEO offer for an experienced CFO/COO

My question/story is this: two years ago I broke ground on a startup. We planned and planned, raised some funds and broke ground writing code. Two years later we put $250k into the business, have...

asked Aug 2 '12 at 15:39
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Webwrks
131 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
558 Views
is a startup blog necessary?

I have just finished designing the concept of my service, that is, what I am going to offer to people has crystallized. there are various components to this, and I will look for cofounders now, and...

asked Jun 8 '12 at 15:58
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Bjess
11 points

3 Votes
3 Answers
1.24K Views
cofounder - she's not leaving

So I've got a startup with a three friends of mine cofounding and on board. We used to have a fourth. When we originally started and got all of our documents in order, the fourth girl received a...

asked Apr 14 '12 at 07:00
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Sdchargers
26 points

10 Votes
3 Answers
1.71K Views
Can a new company reimburse a founder for startup expenses after funding?

We have started a new web based service and are close to launching our prototype. So far the effort has been self-funded by me in amount close to $15k total expenses -- mostly for development. All...

asked Mar 3 '12 at 23:42
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Dmoore
51 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
1.67K Views
I'm (a co-founder) leaving my startup, how to deal w/ terms?

I helped co-found a company (with 2 others) that isn't in the black yet, I've personally put in at least 30k of my own money and have been in charge of most things. I've recently announced my...

asked Feb 22 '12 at 12:08
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Kevin
16 points

8 Votes
5 Answers
1.76K Views
Should I quit the company I founded?

I will try to make this short. About nine months ago my ex boss offered to invest in a company for me. Our relationship even when it was not romantic was deeply emotional. I care a lot about him as...

asked Feb 12 '12 at 08:40
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Jessica
41 points

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2 Answers
695 Views
No free Ride! Founder Shares

My question is this; I have four founders with the following ownership: Executive/founder/Me 1: 25% Executive/Co-founder 2: 20% Executive/Co-founder 3: 15% Corporate Partner/Co-founder:...

asked Feb 3 '12 at 12:18
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Quentin
1 point

1 Votes
3 Answers
1.24K Views
What equity should I claim as a founder CEO?

Some people I know came up with a idea of a startup. They will provide also the seed investment (50k) and contacts for future investment rounds. I will be in charge of the start up of the company...

asked Jan 26 '12 at 04:28
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Thomas
6 points

3 Votes
3 Answers
888 Views
How much say should technical co-founder have in deciding features/look of half-technical product?

Consider a startup that offers a specific technical solution to a generic problem in a certain creative industry. One core part of that solution is a website, and it caters to customers mostly...

asked Dec 4 '11 at 02:23
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Geradeausanwalt
116 points

2 Votes
4 Answers
918 Views
The non-technology founder of a SAAS is usually middle-aged?

So my question is: Is the non-technology founder of a successful software as a service start up usually between the ages of 35 and 50 with lots of experience? If so, should I use their career...

asked Nov 24 '11 at 11:38
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John
170 points

1 Votes
4 Answers
704 Views
What happens to the "Founder" status once I sell my startup

I founded and was running a twitter tool all by myself. I was the sole Founder, CEO,CFO and whatnot. But, now that I have sold the tool, what happens to my Founder status? Can I still brag the...

asked Oct 21 '11 at 19:28
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Kpl
138 points

3 Votes
3 Answers
710 Views
Establishing shared ownership

What is a reasonable software start-up ownership share between founders when one is more senior, putting in some of his own money and able to raise angel money from friends, while the other two are...

asked Sep 28 '11 at 15:45
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Sasha
16 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
879 Views
Investors willingness to pay founders to enable full t-ime effort

I have read all the streams here on this topic but didn't find an answer to the following specific concern: I am one of two founders of a new web service of an idea I first developed months ago...

asked Sep 30 '11 at 23:10
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D Moore
174 points

2 Votes
3 Answers
1.1K Views
Pair of engineers with code, should we walk away from founder? How much should we ask for ($$)?

TL;DR: Worked a year+ on code we still own, founder refuses to raise capital (wants to bootstrap) and is now low-balling us, we're willing to walk away--what would you do? Long version (detailed...

asked Oct 5 '11 at 19:35
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1 Votes
1 Answers
1.16K Views
Sample agreements document for founders

Are there any good and short agreements document for founders? (not investors) Focusing on: Responsibility, e.g. hours of work (some of them may not be fulltime) Vesting period Any hints?

asked Sep 25 '11 at 03:28
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Howard
126 points

3 Votes
1 Answers
698 Views
Salary for a Founder?

We're looking for investor's money for our startup. We're 3 co-founders, and our roles are the following: One of my partners is a software developer. He's responsible for technical...

asked Sep 18 '11 at 23:53
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User13395
16 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
1.02K Views
Partnership agreement advice -- I have the idea & ops, he has the marketing investment and industry exp

I successfully pitched a player in an industry about a business idea that offers a novel approach to creating leads in his industry. He presently runs a company that I'll call a "provider of...

asked Jul 25 '11 at 05:09
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Springster
23 points

0 Votes
6 Answers
1.01K Views
What biography is both inspiring and relevant to a modern technology startup?

Who have you enjoyed reading about most? Which biography has provided the most insight and perspective into a brilliant founder's mind? I have really enjoyed Founders at Work, by the way - even...

asked Jul 17 '11 at 01:41
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Brian
134 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
765 Views
What is the value of my IP (in terms of equity)

Here is the scenario: I am the ceo/founder of a company that will be launching a website/application. The amount of cash I have invested thus far is less than 3,000. I am currently seeking...

asked Jun 28 '11 at 13:50
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Eric Littleton
107 points