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Nobody Cares. This post is dedicated to the late Al Davis.

Je ne pense pas que c'est le propos de Patrice. Et je crois que c'est le meilleur conseil qu'on puisse donner à tout le monde : "Fais au mieux avec ce que tu as, arrête de te plaindre, ça ne changera rien." – tristan
En effet c'est bien écrit et très convaincant sur le périmètre évoqué dans le post. Ceci dit je trouve ça biaisé de généraliser à tout ce qu'on fait dans 1 startup – cvahanian

Rest in peace.

Nobody Cares

“Just win baby.” —Al Davis. Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide. Justin Kan is the founder of and Socialcam.

Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide

You can follow him on Twitter here and read his blog here. Startups die in many ways, but in the past couple of years I’ve noticed that the most common cause of death is what I call “Startup Suicide”, a phenomenon in which a startup’s founders and its management kill the company while it’s still very much breathing. Long before startups get to the point of delinquent electricity bills or serious payroll cuts, they implode. The people in them give up and move on to do other things, or they realize that startups are hard and can cause a massive amount of mental and physical exhaustion — or the founders get jobs at other companies, go back to school, or simply move out of the valley and disappear. The Struggle. Editor’s note: Ben Horowitz is co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

The Struggle

He was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP, and ran several product divisions at Netscape. He serves on the board of companies such as Capriza, Foursquare, Jawbone, Lytro, Magnet, NationBuilder, Nicira, Okta, SnapLogic and Tidemark, and blogs at “Don’t admit that your faith is weak Don’t say that you feel like dying Life’s hard then it feels like diamonds Your home’s just far too gone Much too late to even feel like trying Can’t understand what I’m saying Can’t figure out what I’m implying If you feel you don’t wanna be alive You feel just how I am” —Lupe Fiasco, Beautiful Lasers Every entrepreneur starts her company with a clear vision for success. You will create an amazing environment and hire the smartest people to join you. Then, after working night and day to make your vision reality, you wake up to find that things did not go as planned. What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.

“It’s fucked up when your mind’s playin’ tricks on ya” —The Geto Boys By far the most difficult skill for me to learn as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology.

Thanks to the curator of this article. Helped me a lot today – alexdana

Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared to keeping my mind in check.

What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.

Over the years, I’ve spoken to hundreds of CEOs all with the same experience. Nonetheless, very few people talk about it, and I have never read anything on the topic. Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining. Startup CEOs, stop acting like victims. The overwhelmingly popular top answer to the Quora question: “What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?”

Startup CEOs, stop acting like victims.

Has received a whopping 931 upvotes and at least one down vote - from me! (Anyone else down voted that? Let me know :) ) Read the answer and a sad-sad picture of a victim with extremely unhealthy dependencies emerges. Six failed businesses on, Dropmyemail’s John Fearon says, “I’m amazing” “I’m a good boss, I really am,” John Fearon, founder and CEO of DropMySite, tells me, in full earshot of his employee at their office in Block 71, Ayer Rajar Crescent, considered the nexus of Singapore’s technology startup scene. He was making a point about how he’d be a bad subordinate but a good leader who is comfortable with starting things. “I’m one of those that can go into the room and self-combust.” With all his self-confidence (whenever he speaks at conferences, he start with,”Hi, I’m amazing”), it’s easy to assume that John, who comes from South Africa, has a string of successful businesses to stand on. Failure is losing the will to fight. Wednesday, at a conference (START SF) here in town, everybody was buzzing about a blog post, published late the night before, by an anonymous startup founder, titled “My Startup Has 30 Days to Live”.

Failure is losing the will to fight

I also got a text and an email about it. Apparently, it’s spreading fast. Even if it was anonymous, it was honest and brave to hit “publish”. It opened up an important conversation. With that said, I totally disagree with the message. This person has given up. Remove the possibility of defeat Sun Tzu said, Do not worry about victory… Remove the possibility of defeat. My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist. I’ve had a post in my head for months – maybe longer – about the role of a CEO.

My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

It originally appeared on TechCrunch as a guest post but just in case you missed it there. My primary role was “chief psychologist” and as I’ve learned over the past few years the same has been true as a VC. Both are basically people businesses. Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell. Editor’s note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through the most improbable set of circumstances to take an idea from a germ to a real and profitable business.

Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell

In this guest post, Ben Horowitz of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz explains the leadership traits he and his co-founder Marc Andreessen look for before they invest in a startup. SOme of their investments include Skype, Zynga, Factual, and RockMelt. Before becoming investing partners, Horowitz and Andreessen co-founded Opsware, which they sold to HP for $1.6 billion, and prior to that Horowitz was an executive at Netscape. At Andreessen Horowitz, we favor founders running the company. My Job As A Pre-Launch Startup CEO Was To Buy Sandwiches. Why We Prefer Founding CEOs. You’re just a rent-a-rapper, your rhymes are minute-maidI’ll be here when it fade to watch you flip like a renegade”—Rakim, Follow The Leader When my partner Marc wrote his post describing our firm, the most controversial component of our investment strategy was our preference for founding CEOs.

Why We Prefer Founding CEOs

The conventional wisdom says a startup CEO should make way for a professional CEO once the company has achieved product-market fit. In this post, I describe why we prefer to fund companies whose founder will run the company as its CEO. The macro reason: that’s the way most of the great technology companies have been built At Andreessen Horowitz, our primary goal is to invest in the great technology franchises. (*) While not technically cofounders, Andy Grove and Thomas Watson, Sr. were the driving force behind Intel and IBM, respectively. Two more quick data points before I move on to explain why this happens. The underlying reasons The innovation business These innovations are product cycles. The non-negociable traits of tech entrepreneurs. How Andreessen Horowitz Evaluates CEOs. Staying Credulous: On Not Letting Being 40 Get In The Way. I turned 40 in March.

Staying Credulous: On Not Letting Being 40 Get In The Way

Steve Jobs’s Real Genius. Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He needed things to be perfect, and it took time to figure out what perfect was. Do You Need To Be A Jerk To Be A Successful Entrepreneur?

Editor’s note: Legendary investor Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures. You can follow him on Twitter at @vkhosla. Killing Your Startup on a Thursday Night. Editor’s Note: Lucas Rayala was the cofounder of Altsie. This is what you do when you close down your startup: you call Rackspace and cancel the Windows SQL server plan.