In a 2013 TechCrunch interview, Mark Suster sheds light on an often overlooked source of stress in fast-growing startups.
“The single biggest thing that creates the most stress and problems in companies is dealing with other human beings who run that company.”
Suster uses the Google case study to illustrate this point, as well as the quote we used in the title.
Deciding whether to take Eric Schmidt in, then keeping him at the helm of Google, was a tremendous worry for co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin.
In retrospect, they made an excellent decision, as Mark Zuckerberg did with Sheryl Sandberg (see the earlier post in this series.)
Suster’s point is that Founders, especially when they have a technical background, should spend more time with other Founders and openly share their worries. Beyond the benchmarking exercise, opening up will help you deal with crippling self-doubt.
How do you deal with stress? Have you tried Suster’s approach and gained valuable insights from it?
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