Before starting a company or focusing on your startup full-time, think thoroughly if being a co-founder and chief executive is the right lifestyle and skill-set fit for you. It’s nearly impossible to anticipate every aspect of what leading a company will feel like, as every startup has a different set of challenges. But there are common CEO responsibilities such as leadership, mentoring, recruiting, strategy and business development.
Here are fifteen things I thought about before working on Beaker full-time, with additional insights from friends and colleagues. I’d love to hear from others about their experiences of starting a company from scratch. Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment, on Twitter @BeakerMag, or via email.
Idea. Idea. Idea.
Do you have an idea that is keeping you up at night? Are you willing to make financial and lifestyle sacrifices for this idea? If you really want to start a technology company but don’t yet have a solid idea, brainstorm and research markets until you’re so obsessed with solving a problem that you can’t imagine doing anything else with your time.
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