I worked with the cofounder in a non tech big-co job for a number of years years before the start up. We were joint managers of a tech team. I was really excited but then things got weird. It’s suppose to be difficult right? Where is the line between normal, difficult and insanity?
He decided to try a deal with big-co where we would take the team and software and they would pay us a tidy sum. I thought it was crazy but he was undeterred. A few months wasted.
He would only talk to one investor that he really liked. I said exclusivity wasn’t cool until we have a deal, he still refused.
I think he offered his friends jobs without my knowledge.
He’s super gung-ho about a deal with another company that would prevent us from using our software for anything other than the partnership with that company, even after the deal is over. The company would pay us, but i still think its crazy. He doesn’t mind that I think it’s crazy.
And, he’s now saying he’s out of cash and wants us to do joint consulting.
Is this what they mean when they say startups are hard and cofounder relationships are intense?