Over the last couple of years, I've learned one very good lesson about startups.
You shouldn't try to do it alone.
Yes, of course, I had my team (mostly 20 somethings in their first real high tech jobs), but the burden of getting the company going, funding it and figuring out where to take it was always my responsibility.
The next time I do a new startup, it's going to be with a partner.
Ever talk to a single mom or dad? Virtually all of them will tell you it's the most difficult thing they've done in their entire lives (parenting in general can be this way, but it's greatly amplified for single parents).
Startups are a little like that. It's a new baby, created by you. Trying to do and be all things as a single founder is damned difficult.
So, with that said, and with a BoD that's very good at recognizing that single founders have a hard time of it, we've brought on a partner for me here at ClickCaster.
I wrote a post on how startups need BOTH a King Aurthur and a Merlin. That's what we've done here at ClickCaster.
More in a future post.