Fire Yourself: How to be a Successful Co-Founder

Does your startup need a leader, a jack-of-all-trades, or both?

When you co-found a startup, you know certain elements are crucial. A great concept that meets a pressing need. A solid founding team. An insane amount of tenacity. It’s only later you realize that creating an organization is as much an exercise in building a strong company as it is in self-awareness.

In order to fully support your startup and make it a real success, you need to understand your own capabilities, including your personal strengths and weaknesses. You must define your role, even if it’s as broad as “technical co-founder.” You have to know your high-level responsibilities at each phase of development and execute them with the same focus and intensity that more functional tasks require.

And occasionally, you have to use all that information to fire yourself.