I am the founder & CEO of an 8-person company, 4 of which are founders. One of the founders has a new excuse every day for why something isn’t done and the other two can’t communicate without me in between. What a fucking mess.


  • I was in the same situation. I know how much it sucks. A friend and successful business owner told me I needed to have a hard conversation with the team because we’re not growing at our potential pace due to the missed deadlines of my fellow founders. that was a few months ago, now the entire company is restructured and all the fat is gone.

  • This is why there should be only two founders maximum. There’s no way that 4 people could make an equal contribution, and such a situation is dysfunctional anyways since there’s no clear leader. Like Mark Suster says, too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Also, why would you want to split equity with 3 other people anyways. Even before taking funding, you’re already down to 25% ownership. Even if your company succeeds, you’ll be left with a tiny ownership percentage.

  • It’s not the number of founders that makes the situation problematic. It’s everyone’s ability to step up to the plate.

  • four is too many founders. A fist fight is going to break out any day now. Someone take the lead and have a big talk and maybe buy someone out.

    you guys hiring? I’ll play peacemaker with my huge tits.

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