Be Relentless: Lessons from Season 9
Entrepreneurship is an uphill and often solo trek only for the brave
Being a startup founder means that to get the idea off the ground, you have got to do
Growing up we all have this perception that a chief executive officer happens to be a rich person who orders people around and takes credit for a company's success. It's not uncommon because movies and general assumptions would indicate that having the highest title within an organization yields power and influence. Moreover, CEOs are either glorified or vilified in the media. In this article, it is important to delineate and specify that being a startup CEO is quite different from holding the same title at a well-established organization that enjoys not having to be as frantic.
In my time working in venture capital and watching stories of successful founders on the news and in books, it has become apparent that being a startup CEO, in particular, does not always share those qualities. Let's breakdown what the title means within a small innovation-driven organization, a (startup).
Being a startup founder means that to get the idea off the ground, you have got to do everything. This can mean being an engineer at night and a sales person by day aka a jack of all trades. Chief executives in big corporations don't have their work scattered across different business functions as much but do manage the company as a whole. Transitioning into a CEO that oversees the company is what happens when a startup evolves from a survival mindset into a stable growth mindset.
On the latest podcast of Startup Mindsets I spoke to Emil Davityan, CEO & Founder of Bluedot and absorbed these key lessons 💡
Recently, Bluedot has closed a 9M series B led by AutoTech Ventures (investors in Lyft)
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