Several startup founders discuss the importance of building a strong founding team, share the lessons that they have learnt along the way and offer their advice to other founders on how to work together successfully.
Ben has been in the startup field for over 12 years, heading large corporate venturing teams to create spin-outs; leading venture capital investments; co-founding his own startup; coaching startups; and, training entrepreneurs. Ben is currently the Head Trainer for Startup Campus (a leading national startup training provider in Switzerland); a lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the ZHAW School of Management and Law; and, an accredited startup coach for the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) and the EU's main climate innovation initiative (Climate KIC).
Seek founders with different skills
Join a project you believe in
A co-founder can be a sparring partner and motivator
As a sole founder, you can make decisions faster and drive through your own vision
You have to trust your co-founder or founders
In the beginning, you have a lot of changes, and you have to discuss teem regularly and be open about them
You can’t learn everything from a book or training. You must talk to people.
Meet regularly to discuss feelings, likes and dislikes and work out how to improve
Discuss your visions for the company and don’t avoid discussing taboo topics until it’s too late