Head Games: Ego and Entrepreneurial Failure

February 27, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Entrepreneurial success hinges in large part on a founder’s mastery of psychology. This requires the ability to manage one’s responses to what Ben Horowitz calls “The Struggle,” that is, the emotional roller coaster of startup life. Paul DeJoe captures the ups and downs of being a startup CEO in a post reprinted in a book that I edited, Managing Startups: Best Blog Posts.

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Today my startup failed

February 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

No soft landing, no happy ending—we simply failed.

It’s been a long four year journey, full of highs and lows. I am simultaneously incredibly proud, and incredibly disappointed.

I’m incredibly proud of an amazing team and all that they have accomplished. Our most recent product, DrawQuest, is by all accounts a success. In the past year it’s been downloaded more than 1.4 million times, and is currently used by about 25,000 people a day, and 400,000 last month alone. Retention and engagement are great. And yet we still failed.

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51 StartUp Failure Post-Mortems

February 23, 2014 - 8:53 pm

51 StartUp Failure Post-Mortems
No survivorship bias here. A compilation of startup failure post-mortems by founders and investors.