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Build a strong founding team
1h 29min
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Build a strong founding team

The founding team can make or break a startup. This course explains the challenges of building a strong founding team and provides the advice and tools you need to help you address them. It includes interviews with founders who provide their advice, plus 2 important canvases: a Skills Matrix Canvas and a Team Delivery Canvas, which you can use to identify the strengths and weaknesses in your team and the areas where you need to develop.
1h 29min

Learn - core concepts

4min
4min
Find out what it takes to build an effective founding team and focus on building a successful business.

Hear - advice from founders

4min
Founding Team Video Banner
4min
Several startup founders discuss the importance of a strong founding team, share some lessons and offer their advice.
3min
BICAR Founders
3min
Hans-Jörg Dennig and Adrian Burri, the founders of BICAR, explain the importance of building a strong founding team.
3min
Founder of Medusoil
3min
Dimitrios Terzis, the founder of Medusoil, explains the importance of building a strong founding team.
6min
6min
Watch this clip and learn about team culture from Edith Schmid, co-founder at epyMetrics AG.
6min
6min
Edith Schmid, co-founder at epyMetrics AG, explains how to find the right founders for your team.

Explore - optional knowledge from the web

5min
Young Entrepreneurs Meet
5min
Read this article and learn how to build the ideal founding team.
5min
Founding Team
5min
How many founders are too many, and how many are too few and how do you divide equity amongst co-founders?
45min
Sam Altman
45min
Entrepreneur and investor Sam Altman explains how to recruit a team to execute your plan.
8min
Steve Jobs
8min
Legendary founder Steve Jobs explains why you should build a team focussed on content, not process.
3min
3min
Find out whether to coach, delegate, direct or excite your team members using this simple framework.
10min
10min
Marc Lehmann, CEO of Saasu, provides a calculation methodology that helps decide the equity split in your startup.
11min
11min
Two lawyers share their perspectives of why a Shareholders' Agreement is important and what aspects it should include.
15min
Contract Signing
15min
Find out about the major aspects of shareholders' agreements, including term sheets, investment agreements etc.

Apply - tools

30min
30min
Use our Team Skills Canvas to analyze the skills in your team and identify any gaps or areas of overlap.
30min
30min
Analyze your team's delivery potential by assessing the likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses of your team members.
10min
10min
Slicing Pie is a popular equity split calculator invented by entrepreneur Mike Moyer.
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