37 thoughts on “Evolution of a Founder: Lessons I have learned”

  1. gigaom has come so far and to experience the transformation is stunning.

    you inspired me back in 2005 to look hard into blogging as a serious business venture. fast forward 8 years… i now do that full time.

    thank you so much.

  2. Great article. I’m a young entrepreneur and wholeheartedly believe in the lessons you’ve posted here. Thanks for forewarning me and I look forward to the day I too can be less essential in the daily grind that is my venture.

  3. Such a great post!

    I remember when I read How to Build a Bulletproof Startup in Business 2.0. I carefully tore the pages and put up the illustration in my home office. I’m fairly sure I still have them somewhere in a folder.

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve done to educate and inspire!

  4. It’s been so amazing to follow your success since the early days and follow along vicariously. Really happy for all you’ve achieved and looking forward to more in the future. Thank you for your generosity in sharing it with us.

  5. Culture is always set from the top and while it is every founder’s dream that the team can think and act with common purpose and passion without the founder being there, it is often just a dream. And culture, once set, is difficult to change, I’ve seen that in thousands of companies that I’ve interviewed over the years. The Om in GigaOm is inseparable as is your role and continued presence. Good luck with your resolutions 🙂 And congratulations!

    1. Wait I thought it was T+Om and it all made sense. I am glad that I have friends like you to keep me on the thin and narrow. Thanks for your kind comment, Tom

  6. The ability to learn these lessons: this is all I want in a founder, and all I would want to be as one. I salute your evolution Om and congratulate you on building something bigger than yourself, bigger than the first 10 people, bigger than micromanaging, and bigger than fear of failure – a true team dynamic that is perfectly adapted to its surrounding business habitat, that can continue to grow and make things new.

  7. I remember reading this when you first posted it thinking it was interesting. Now that I am living the reality of a startup founder everyday, reading this today has so much more meaning and impact. Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Thanks Om.

    Been through this a bunch myself and still feel the pain and the highs. Less need of the win bring more patience and control–a bit at least.

    My latest startup a raw green food company I bankrolled has been a huge eyeopener and a new experience because food, unlike tech is dependent by the margins of the business itself, on low paid worker who you completely depend on. And the issues that come with that. A new kind of tension and pain that is hard to get beyond.

    Again, thanks!

  9. When something is build on a right convictions it will be awarded with lasting recognition.
    You Sir, obviously put foundation that will continue gaining trust.

    I wonder, if by some chance you come up with something new, and you recognise how exceptional it is, would you repeat everything all over again?

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