The Professional Hierarchy of Needs: Happy Teams are Winning and Growing

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You can try to win, or you can try to make people happy, but you can’t do both

Paradoxically, trying to win leads also to making people happy, because people are happy when they win. Trying to make people happy in ways other than helping them win ends up making them unhappy, because they are less focused on winning, which is the thing that makes them happy.

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Keepin’ the Dream Alive: Realistic Startup Milestoning for Fundraising and Profitability

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Until startups are profitable while growing, they are burning down cash against a finite runway that’s usually less than two years away. As a result, it’s important to have a realistic plan at all times for what it will take to i) raise additional capital, ii) become profitable, or iii) fall back to m&a or wind down.

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