n the early days how to manage the co founder

editor’s note: the original author Aaron Harris, Tutorspree co-founder, YC partners.

has proven that founders have to manage each other before they manage employees. In fact, in the early stages of the establishment of the company, only two or three founders, poor management often lead to entrepreneurial death. However, the management of partners is difficult.

although it is very important and difficult to manage the co founders, most of the management advice I have seen is about how to manage an employee or supervisor. These views are useful, but not suitable for the early stages of entrepreneurship. I read about the management of the stage, said the initial partner management as a love affair". This is not false, but also can be said to be a certain benefit.


management co-founder is not easy:

first of all, there is no explicit direct reporting between team members. A co-founder may be CEO, but this does not mean that he is the best manager or the most suitable governance planning, sales and production.

co-founder has little experience in managing personnel. At the same time, they are also learning. There are a lot of good management methods, but they have to take time to learn and put them into practice.

co founders tend to think that they do not need to manage, because they are a team, and work together for a common goal.

start-up companies are under high pressure, the pressure will make mistakes, emotions out of control. Small errors will be magnified.

communication is more difficult than you would expect, even in the case of only two people.

have created a $one billion company goal, decided to start empty-handed founded the company needs confidence. Co-founder often full of confidence. Confidence will swell with every success or popularity. Failure, the public, and the individual may cause confidence to shrink. This change of mood can cause anxiety, nervous fatigue and conflict.

division of responsibilities is not clear, may cause "turf wars", triggered a sense of micro management and infringed upon.

The members of the

under the condition of small well-matched in strength, team decision-making may be difficult, especially when there is fierce disagreement.

There are many factors contributing to the difficulties of managing

. Fortunately, the problem is more simple coping strategies. It is much easier to deal with the root causes of these problems than to express them for a variety of reasons.

open communication is one of the most important factors. It can create a good working atmosphere and provide support for everything else. It is more important than the friendship between the founders. When business needs rise, frank exchanges between founders often do not fully. Co founders need to be in the company

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