I don’t tell you this to scare you off or have a pity-party for founders, but just to let you know that it’s a bumpy ride emotionally, mentally, and physically. UTILIZE THEM! Those two facts make for a very unique creature in the startup world, but it’s a path that I would personally recommend. Usually they don’t share the same interests and therefore they’re usually hanging out in very different places. I’ve always been confident that if I can get myself on the field of entrepreneurship, I will win…so now the biggest battle is behind me. You probably formed an advisory board. Now, as promised, here are a few lessons learned over the past year: 1. Being a founder means making sacrifices that you a) don’t want to make (i.e. // Co-Founder & COO AccessBell.

Not becoming part of/participating in an entrepreneurial community. So…why did I need technical people if I could code (a bit)? People relax…they let their hair down a bit and they get honest. This job will rip you apart. StackCommerce powers commerce for over 750 publishers across the web, reaching more than 1 billion people each month through its network. If fear and security are your issues, systematically attack them. We’ve found that this can surface incredibly insightful feedback that helps the individual to understand how their actions are helping or hurting, not only those that they report to, but everyone in the org. Previously, Josh was an investor in early stage technology companies as a venture capital associate at Aurora Funds. Design Is How It Works. (Google: “Wharton MBA seeks Code Monkey”…yeah, not good). Period. We raised a small Seed round of $800k back in 2012, but we’ve been profitable ever since so we haven’t needed to raise more funding. There are many, but the one I want to focus on applies to not only both current and future founders, but also to anyone leading a team of people: finding emotional balance. But for the rest of us, PR requires a long-term strategy that needs to honed…read on for some basic tips to hacking your way into a bit of PR for your launch. You may have some investors. They invest in people that they have a series of encounters with them so they can plot several markers to make a determination to say ‘yes’ to investing in an entrepreneur. No one is going to be pushing harder that you to make your company a success, but you have to pat yourself and your team on the back every once in awhile. Josh Payne Founder & CEO at StackCommerce. Los Angeles County, CA.

(WTF…I know, right?!) Josh Payne. Instead of sending out a congratulatory email to the team…I looked at it and thought to myself: “Huh….we underestimated revenue”. And that’s the point of this post – don’t be like me and take 10 years to grow some balls. Josh Payne MCS/CS at Stanford // Join COVID-19 Response Innovation Lab! I’ve had some major setbacks in my life and as painful as they were — they have been a great asset to me. Before I get to that, I want to give you a quick background on us: At its core, StackCommerce is a product discovery platform.

This post probably won’t apply to a lot of people, but if you’re currently a wanna-preneur I hope this helps you to start mapping out actions and milestones to becoming what you really want: an entrepreneur. Each year for the past four years, I’ve shared a few lessons (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4) for other founders who are on the same arduous path. Built out an incredible management team with experience from companies including Google, Gilt, Fab, Headspace, and Pivotal Labs, Adopted five insanely rad Office dogs: Bill Murray, Kiley, Cowboy, Zoey, and Uni. For some unknown reason, I totally underestimated how busy bloggers and press folks actually are…do not make this mistake. And, although I had many characteristics of one, I never rose to what I consider to be the true definition of one.