The single most important question a founder can ask a potential employee

By Phillip Bogdanovich “What questions should a founder ask during an interview?” Over time, founders become adept at asking the questions that are meaningful to them. They become quick to separate interview candidates that are capable of making an impact versus those who are not. What often remains difficult is selecting for a candidate that … More The single most important question a founder can ask a potential employee

Don’t be too flexible: How I manage the Startup fire hose

By Phillip Bogdanovich Moderating work has never been a strong suit for me. Becoming a founder made that worse. For years, I ran and spent time in the gym in an attempt to offset my compulsion to take on an endless stream of tasks and bury myself in meetings. Predictably, I developed overuse injuries, and … More Don’t be too flexible: How I manage the Startup fire hose

What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

By Phillip Bogdanovich Fortune called Austin “the Rockstar of Small-Business Cities.” CNBC called it “the top start-up mecca in America.” At one point in 2015, Forbes inexplicably named it one of America’s most affordable cities. I live in Austin. I have raised money in Austin. I can tell you unequivocally that Austin is not affordable, … More What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role

If you’re considering involving yourself in a start-up but you are uncertainty- or risk-averse, it probably isn’t the best fit for you. But if you don’t mind the possibility of burning to death, here are a few tips on choosing a company that poses the least fire hazard. … More Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role

The American Work Ethic: A Perspective on Personal Truth

by Phillip Bogdanovich I Love Confirmation Bias. I love confirmation bias. Seriously. The human tendency to formulate arguments to support one’s own beliefs and desires is overwhelmingly common. It is also easily recognizable in other people, which can make it simple to leverage your desired outcome from whomever happens to be sitting across the table. … More The American Work Ethic: A Perspective on Personal Truth