There’s a dangerous dynamic I’ve seen play out in many start-ups led by founders in their 20s and 30s. The consequences range from mild to catastrophic, from wasting time and burning through valuable resources through to sinking the business.

Here’s an all too familiar metaphor. The proverbial ship pulls up its anchor with the founder at the helm. The founder wants to travel far, fast. The waves swell. Lightning flashes on the horizon, drawing closer. The wind is blustering. The passengers stare wide-eyed, confiding under their breath, “we need more experienced people steering this ship.” The founder’s inner critic is…

Brent Lowe

The Scale Coach for Founder CEOs and co-author of Reinventing Scale-Ups: Radical Ideas for Growing Companies

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