My Co-founder is lazy as they come. He skips work twice a week to run errands for his dad. The other day he skipped a meeting to take him to the bank! One week before, he had disappeared for 2 days because he had “to take his gf to see the ocean”.

    • We’ve been working together for six years now, and he was not like this at all. It all changed when we raised a seven-figure investment about eight months ago, and apparently he felt like that’s an indication that he’s the man and he can do whatever the f*** he wants. I, on the other hand, feel more pressure than ever to make a good job and deliver good results.

      What strikes me as most surprising is that he skips work to do really childish stuff, like taking his dog to the vet (which, apparently, takes the whole day). We talked several times, but he claims he works harder than everyone else. He even tried to fire one of our best developers a few weeks ago because the guy left early a couple of afternoons. I honestly don’t think there’s much I can do at this stage. In fact, I work better when he’s not around, because this whole situation has created some frictions between us, so I just wanted to scream my frustration to the world.

      • You have only one life to live. I know you’re afraid of losing all the work you’ve done etc but you have to be upfront with him. Explain that this is not acceptable. If he doesn’t change, you have a few options open to you – involve a mentor you both respect, involve your board & investors, try and force him out of the company (or reduce his stake to reflect the change in responsibility) or leave. None of these is easy. If you keep things going this way, you’ll burn out and your company will crash & burn.

    • You say that like it’s possible make absolutely sure nothing bad ever happens with someone. These guys have worked together for six years. Was that perhaps not enough?

  • The suggestions that I have read are possible, but the question is if they are plausible. As of now two things come to my mind. One, the 7 figure investment has gotten to his head, if this be the case, sooner or later or when ever the first review comes up, your message will drive home. Two, he may be, just may be having some doubts in his mind, a heart to heart talk could help.

    I would sincerely suggest you to keep your calm, you have come too far to let this opportunity slide.

  • He has let you down, so he already broke the trust. This is something you can use for yourself, because now you don’t have to hold yourself back anymore.

    Go to your 7-figure investor and tell them that you need to get rid of the co-founder and they must help you.

    1. They will help you bec they want to protect their investment at all cost.
    2. You will appear as forthcoming, honest, and gain trust with them.
    3. You will NOT appear as a traitor if you can make a good case based on facts. Be prepared to get tough questions back to test your honesty. Remember: It is not what you KNOW, it is what you can PROVE.
    4. Since the investors will intervene, you get out of the line of fire and can concentrate on your work. However, consult with the investors how the technicals work of shutting down your partner. E.g. be in the office 24/7 to protect your team, secure his work, change passwords etc All this shouldn’t take longer than 2 days.

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