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The "No BS" version of how startups are really built, taught by actual startup Founders who have lived through all of it. Hosts Wil Schroter and Ryan Rutan talk candidly about the intense struggles Founders face both personally and professionally as they try to turn their idea into something that will change the world.

The "No BS" version of how startups are really built, taught by actual startup Founders who have lived through all of it. Hosts Wil Schroter and Ryan Rutan talk candidly about the intense struggles Founders face both personally and professionally as they try to turn their idea into something that will change the world.

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United States

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The "No BS" version of how startups are really built, taught by actual startup Founders who have lived through all of it. Hosts Wil Schroter and Ryan Rutan talk candidly about the intense struggles Founders face both personally and professionally as they try to turn their idea into something that will change the world.

Language:

English

Contact:

702-727-9598


Episodes

My Unhealthy Relationship with Work

1/17/2022
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about unhealthy relationships. Nope, this isn’t about love. This is about developing unhealthy relationships with family, friends, and anyone within your social circle because your toxic work life is making everything else toxic. And this is about why you can feel a little guilty for taking some time off but do it anyway. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast...

Duration:00:43:10

The Goal is NOT to be a Startup

1/10/2022
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about why a business shouldn’t stay a Startup. Sure, Startups get more opportunities to grow and funding offers to expand. But you can’t stay in this phase forever. Grow your business into a company that can run on its own, have a monthly recurring revenue that pays its monthly bills, and produce products that customers want to buy. That’s when you graduate from being a Startup to being a real company! Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:29:01

Does Competition Really Matter?

12/27/2021
How many times has your competition kept you up at night? A new feature here, seed funding there, maybe you’ve even lost a customer or two – but how much of a threat are they, really? In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan share examples of competitor flops, why you should be thankful if your niche has competitors, and why you need to stop being so distracted by what other businesses are doing & focus on making your current customers even happier to work with you, Sign up for the...

Duration:00:31:17

We Can't Fight at Work and at Home

12/20/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about dealing with issues at work and at home. As said many times, don’t bring your work problems home the same way you can’t let your personal issues affect your work performance. You can’t deal with issues from both ends because it's unhealthy. Find an outlet where you can express your worries and make sure you get some level of support from your family. It’s the only way not to exhaust yourself. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:32:24

What does Founder Success "Feel" Like?

12/13/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about how comparison kills progress. Notice that you are often bound to fail when you start comparing your progress to your competition. What you can do to not fall into this trap is to go back to your goals. Recalibrate yourself, shut every possible distraction down, and focus on what you have envisioned to achieve. You can’t go astray when you know where you want to go. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:32:54

Let's Kill the 40 Hour Work Week

12/6/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about discarding the 40-hour work week. If you work for 30 hours each week, what would you worry you won’t get done? Now, if you won’t sit eight hours in the office, what will you be able to accomplish? Can you possibly do more somewhere more comfortable than in your office? The answer? YES! You can accomplish so much more without the time constraints. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:44:54

Minimum Viable Happiness

11/29/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about what happiness means for a founder. In most cases, founders find happiness when they feel safe, when their efforts are validated, and when people appreciate their accomplishments. It doesn’t require much, yet the effort put forth to achieve happiness is basically blood, sweat, tears, and years of hard work. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast...

Duration:01:01:43

The Funding of "No Man's Land"

11/22/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about what happens when funding is scarce. Will you seek another investor? Will you go on a fire sale? What other options do you have left? In the world of Startups and the struggles of keeping your business running, the fight is for you not to win. It’s more of a fight for you not to lose! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast https://www.startups.com/beginNetwork...

Duration:00:29:50

What does Founder "Success" Feel Like?

11/15/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about celebrating the little successes. Most people focus on hiring more people, settling in a bigger office, or getting additional funding as a form of success. But for most founders, at the early stages of their business, smaller things such as not having to worry about the payroll or how much you can spend using the company card, are a little form of success. It’s about taking away liabilities one at a time. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:29:57

The Risk of Trading Vulnerability for Opportunity

11/8/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about when is the best time to give up equity. At the early stages of a Startup, founders often seek to partner with a co-founder in the hopes of growing the company. But what founders don’t realize is that it may be too early to look for a partner or too risky to look for one. Selling the equity of your company, when it’s at its lowest value, will only nip down its potential growth. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:40:51

Failure in Startups is not Absolute

11/1/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about rising from a failure. Founders take it to heart when their business fails and often think that people will remember them for their failed business. Fact is, people easily move on and forget about the failed business. They won’t care. So, wallow on it as much as you want and then move on. A founder’s path is always open to more job opportunities. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:28:24

Can a Founder take a Sabbatical?

10/25/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about taking a break to restart. The biggest fear founders have is what happens to the business when they take a much needed break. The fear that things might go wrong, the right decisions aren’t being made, or there’s simply too much to do that taking a break may sound hilarious. But guess what, with the right people in place, more than half of a founder’s work can be done by someone else. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:38:18

Am I Lying or Just Being Optimistic?

10/18/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about honest optimism. What if you have this strong conviction that what you’re building will lead to success? What if you have this strong sense of positivity and optimism? Will it be enough to gain people’s trust and continue to pour more money into your company? But what if it’s just blind optimism and you’re not really getting anywhere? Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup...

Duration:00:31:44

Stop Glorifying "Hustle Porn"

10/11/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about the 100-hour work week. The adrenaline to overexert and overwork yourself so you can get more things done is a hustle that no founder should be investing into. Here’s why. You can only get things done at your peak hours. No one gets productive a hundred hours a week. It’s an awful burnout. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast...

Duration:00:37:09

Startups Actually Amplify our Social Lives

10/4/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about a founder’s social circle. Wherever you may be, you’ll always meet another founder. Surprisingly, your Startup is helping you build these connections, a space where you can meet and create relationships with people who share the same experience as you and probably have similar views as well. A founder’s space is just the right place to check how far your voice can influence and be heard. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:34:36

We Only Get to be Great at One Thing

9/27/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about being the best at what you do. Oftentimes, founders are stuck in the idea that they need to add more features to make their product appealing and saleable. That it’s the added features that will reel in more customers without realizing that the focus should be on the core value of their product - to make sure that we’re doing the core product right and nothing else matters. Sign up for the Startups...

Duration:00:42:18

Flee Your Overpriced City

9/20/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about moving to a major city. Years ago, when a business needed to expand, they often moved to a big city, brought key employees in, and raised funding to cope with a much higher cost of living. But times have changed. A lot of founders can now settle anywhere without the need to drag their employees and their families around. Remote setup is the new normal, and it’s giving Startups the advantage of growing without emptying the...

Duration:00:40:50

In Our Darkest Hour, Where Do We Find Hope?

9/1/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about optimism. An optimistic leader creates an optimistic environment. Despite the onslaught of negativities and failures, and success seemingly slipping away, when a Founder remains optimistic, he can always redirect his focus on what to do next. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast https://www.startups.com/beginNetwork of Top Founderstherapy@startups.com What to...

Duration:00:22:56

Great Ideas Start as Dumb Ideas

8/30/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about dumb ideas. It’s no surprise that most of the successful Startups today started off as a completely bad idea. As it turns out, when given the time to evolve, the market to mature, and the target audience to be open about it, the dumbest idea can become the most profitable company. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast https://www.startups.com/beginNetwork of...

Duration:00:20:15

Why Is Everyone Counting My Money?

8/25/2021
In today’s Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil and Ryan talk about how some founders can’t flaunt their money. Founders worked for it, sacrificed their health and time, and at some point, even settled for less compensation for the company to grow. They earned it, and yet some people find it appalling just because they don’t have it. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter Resources: Startup Therapy Podcast https://www.startups.com/beginNetwork of Top...

Duration:00:32:44