11: The Founders Dilemma


August 3rd, 2017

33 mins 4 secs

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About this Episode

Derrick is coming back from a much-needed vacation in San Francisco and enjoyed walking tours thanks to the Detour app. He returns refreshed and was able to get back into the swing of things and even into his yoga classes. It was also officially announced this week that Clay Collins, Founder and CEO of LeadPages is stepping down and will be replaced by former COO John Tedesco. Clay had a great amount of self-awareness in his announcement and this brings up the topic of The Founder’s Dilemma and best management practices for startups.

Last week Ben published a new sample course video on speeding up slow test suites. He is improving his recording and editing processes using Final Cut Pro. He is now working on the fifth video and nearing the halfway point on the course. He is also going to try live streaming the practice run of his next video and incorporating early feedback into the final recording. To market the course, he is looking forward to traveling the country and speaking at Ruby meetups.

Today’s Topics Include:

Taking real vacations and disconnecting from work in order to recharge
The restorative power of yoga
Company history and leadership changes at Leadpages
The Founder’s Dilemma and knowing what you are optimizing for
Freedom, wealth and ambition as a startup founder
Outsourcing and the value of having a personal assistant
Video editing processes, software and live streaming
Ruby meetup tours as a marketing tool

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Links and resources:

Detour - guided walking tour app
The Founder’s Dilemma by Noam Wasserman
Rich vs. King in the Real World: Why I sold my company by Jason Cohen
Don’t Build a Business Because You Want Freedom by Jeff Goins
Startups for the Rest of Us podcast
Final Cut Pro