Founder support - Entrepreneurship isn't a solo sport

by Thomas Knoll | at MinneBar 10 | 9:15 – 10:05 in Stephen Leacock | View Schedule

Startups are hard.

Most founders surround themselves with advisors and mentors for pretty much everything related to their business (SEO, Fundraising, Marketing, Business Models, Sales, etc.). But, very few get the emotional, mental, and personal support they need.

I have been employee, advisor, co-founder, or CEO of a dozen startups. Some failed miserably. Some had a decent base hit. Others are still going strong. I've seen and experienced first hand how hard this can be.

I am also married to a Marriage and Family Therapist who realized that a lot of the work she does with her couples and families can be applied to co-founders and early stage teams. She has now shifted most of her work to the executive coaching side, and I am applying everything I have learned from her to my advising and mentoring relationships.

I'd love to share what we've learned, and lead a discussion about the types of things to watch out for, as well as some very practical habits and practices we can implement in our schedules to make sure we're getting the full support that we need to succeed.


Thomas Knoll

Community Architect for 19 years. Supporter of entrepreneurs. And, I fall in love with almost everyone I meet.

Currently: Advising, Mentoring 500Startups, Thinking