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What should a CEO be able to do in early days of Startup ?

Deepankar Parashar Entrepreneur .

September 9th, 2018

What Qualities should a CEO be having in the process of Startup

William M. Digital Retention Lead | CX Empathy Strategists | Copywriter

September 10th, 2018

I love this question because I hear it every blue moon, and when I drill it into new entrepreneurs it always takes a minute to process.

In the beginning, there is no company- you are the company. I don't mean that you represent key aspects of the company, I mean you are the full embodiment of the company.

The investors you meet, people you shake hands with, meeting and client talks you attend, business meetups, etc. All of these are attended by you and all the people you network with and talk to are going to associate your actions and face with the brand.

It goes beyond a symbiotic relationship, trust me.

It will be your job to keep the company afloat and moving in the best possible direction- regardless of the cost (money, time or people).

Hiring smart people and having a good product are just points on a slide, at the end of the day people need to know that the presenter (you/CEO) are making the right decisions.

Leave the marketing crap to a smart marketing person. Leave the selling to a brilliant sales person. But when t comes to the brand and growing the brand, that's all you!

Chowdari Babu Founder @

Last updated on September 10th, 2018

Ability to sell , convenience people to join , buy , stay for life time value

Ming Li 8-STAR businessman looking for serious longterm WIN-WIN partner. Great scouring, supply chain manage

September 11th, 2018

Here is what I focused on during the early stages:

  1. Fundraising - getting introduced to investors, pitching investors, and refining the pitch
  2. Recruit, recruit, recruit - You are always recruiting
  3. Selling -- and you are always selling
  4. Keeping the team together -- You need to spend a lot of energy on keeping the team together
  5. Getting rid of bad apples -- You will always have people that don't fit, for one reason or another. Your job is to get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats on the bus.
  6. Initial engineering development - You need to be involved in the engineering effort even if you are not the technical mastermind of the company
  7. Vendor relationships -- You're gonna need them
  8. Financial plan -- Develop a detailed financial plan, income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow analysis, and...
  9. Scenario planning -- working with your finance person, develop a few different plans: a better than expected plan, a nominal plan, and doomsday plan, and...
  10. Know your numbers -- What is your break-even revenue? How much cash are you burning per month? When are you going to run out of cash? This is especially important for doomsday planning. Who are you going to lay off? What will be the impact to the company? How much extra time will this buy you? You hope you don't have to go there, but it's better to be prepared.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

September 11th, 2018

Most critical is know what you do not know and know what is beyond your skills. Self-awareness is the critical missing quality in most startup CEOs.