Building Your Startup

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While you focus on the search phase of your startup, ensure that you're learning skills that help you stay through the build and the execution of your company. Build a team that complements your skills and personality.

Suggested Readings

Founders School || Startups || Building Your Startup || Impact Guide (PDF).

Wasserman, Noam. The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2012. Chapters 8, 9, and 10.

Blank, Steve. Who's Doing the Learning?

Blank, Steve. "Building Great Founding Teams".

Blank, Steve. "How We Fight - Cofounders in Love and War".

Kauffman Founders School. Founder's Dilemmas: Should I Co-found? With Whom?

Linda A. Hill. “Becoming the Boss”. Harvard Business Review, January 2007.

Blank, Steve. “The Importance of Teams”.

Blank, Steve. “The Importance of Curiosity".

Blank, Steve. “The New Deal – A Founding CEOs Value is Non Linear”.

Questions for You

What skills (sales, marketing, finance, manufacturing) do I lack?

How can I acquire these skills so I can stay with my company through the build and execution phase.

Do I want to stay with my company through these phases?

What skills and personality traits do I need to add to my team?

Questions for Your Team

What complimentary skills do I bring to the table?

How can I help our team develop the skills and knowledge necessary to grow with the startup?

Tools and Exercises

Wasserman, Noam. “The Founder's Dilemma”. Harvard Business Review, February 2008.

Blank, Steve. Founders Workbook. A companion to the Startup Owner’s Manual. (Website:

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