Things to consider before transitioning from founder to CEO

You've thrown everything you have into your startup. You've been the one in charge from the start, making things happen, and gradually leading your startup to growth. In the beginning, you probably had your hand in a little bit of everything – you were product developer, human resources manager, marketer, fundraiser, and several other jobs in-between. At some point during this time and now, you might be thinking about transitioning your role into something more specific. In this article, we look...
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Time management tips for busy CEOs

The average startup owner works well past the traditional eight-hour mark with some clocking well up to 70 hours per week. While some of that is true work, you can bet that much of that is eaten up by tasks that don't need to take as long as they do such as perusing email and attending numerous meetings. When it comes to wasted time, startup CEOs are just as guilty, if not more, than the established business CEO. What can you do about it? How can you manage your time better and streamline your w...
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The anti-CEO playbook


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Why founders and CEOs need to delegate

Are you tempted to do everything yourself? If so, you're not alone. It's a common dilemma for startup founders and CEOs. It's easy to see why entrepreneurs would want to maintain total control of their products, their marketing, their sales, their finances, and their delivery systems, but it isn't realistic. The art of letting go and delegating can be a hard task to learn, yet it is vital to the success of your startup. Why delegate One of the most important and perhaps obvious reasons you shoul...
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Why startup CEOs still have to make sales calls

Sales is the single most important factor in the survival and growth of a tech company yet finding the right sales manager isn't easy. While selling may not be your strength or what you enjoy doing, as CEO you're the one who knows your product inside out. You're also in a better position to make critical design and development decisions when you're hearing directly from end users, says Howard Tullman. And when buyers need to feel important and respected it's you they prefer to deal with. Here Tu...
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Fair pay for a hard day at the office?

A full-time UK worker on an average annual salary would have to work around 160 years to earn what a CEO is paid in one year. And the gap between the average worker's salary and CEO remuneration is even wider in the US. While angry shareholders hit back at what they consider unjustifiably high CEO compensation, companies say it's the shortage of exceptionally talented, skilled executives that drives the increase in pay. Here, Josh Neicho explores the evidence suggesting the d...
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