Who is a Founder and Who Isn’t?

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readMar 25, 2023
Dominic Wilcox

What is your definition of a business founder?

In my opinion, it’s someone who cares more than anyone else.

An employee can afford to forget about work at 6 p.m.

A creditor only cares about the repayment schedule of the principal and interest.

An investor is concerned about how portfolio company KPIs translate into ROI.

But for founders, the state of their business is the #1 priority 24/7/365.

Entrepreneurs lose interest in their business in three cases.

First, when they burn out for one reason or another.

Second, when they close or, on the contrary, sell their business.

Third, if their new business is 10x better than their current one.

Until then, their minds and subconscious are busy finding ways out of the next impasse.

They simply can’t not do it, because to see a market opportunity and not seize it would be to cease to be themselves.

The founders would like to share their burden, but unfortunately there are no takers for the responsibilities — only for the rights.

If you want to have a share in the business or make a successful career, then you have probably already guessed what the “secret” is.

Yours sincerely,

-Alexander

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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.