Startup Therapy

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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.

All Episodes

Are you working yourself into the ground without making much progress, if any? In this episode of the Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil Schroter & Elliot Schneier break down the failure of their company AffordIt, what actually happens when you run out of VC money, and when you should drop the ego & focus on doing what’s best for your mental health instead. Listen in to hear what our VC’s did when we ran out of money!

Sep 21

41 min

Do you really need an advisory board? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter talk about why an advisory board is important, how to build your own board of advisors, and creating connections that will lead you to endless opportunities. Listen in for tips on getting advisors to expand your Startup network. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Aug 10

29 min

Want to get your best employees to stick around? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter talk about how contribution outweighs years of service, capabilities dictate career progression, and why Startups enable accelerated career growth. Listen in for tips on expanding careers without the hierarchy.

Aug 3

45 min

Have you planned your retirement? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss why retirement goals should start now, how early testing changes your plans, and what objectives to set immediately. Tune in for more retirement opportunities in your Startup game. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Jul 27

37 min

Does "No" mean never? Not exactly. Today on the Startup Therapy Podcast, Wil & Ryan discuss why saying "No" is just as much discipline as it is a luxury, how to build your confidence in saying "No", and when saying "No" can actually grow your business. Whatever you do, don't say "No" to this episode! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Jul 20

38 min

Do you have safety assets for your next milestone bet? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss the difference between personal and business safety, an optimized approach to running a Startup, and creating a safety net for every milestone. Listen in and learn how base-level stability can fundamentally change a business. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Jul 13

37 min

Eager to prove that your business idea is the next big thing? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss how to get more out of short-term goals, finding validation for Startup growth, and why funding doesn’t equal success. Listen in and learn how to optimize probability for the best possible outcome!

Jul 6

32 min

Reputation: we all have an understanding of the long term & lasting impacts it has on your standing as a Founder, but how do we cultivate our reputation? Today we discuss why reputation is so important, how your resume & reputation are two very different things, and what the cost incurred if we don't take our reputations seriously. Remember, your reputation is very hard to build & very easy to destroy - so listen up!

Jun 29

46 min

As a Founder, running a Startup is inherently stressful, right? Wrong! Today we discuss why self-imposed stress is often unproductive and imagined, a few tactics to try that will help you leave Startup stress at work, and how to be more present when you are home. Listen in to learn how to relax! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Jun 22

43 min

Why is it that as Founders, we feel like we must constantly be chasing something - otherwise we don't feel satisfied? But sometimes happiness isn't just about reaching milestones & crossing finish lines, so today we talk about why you're probably running from your fears, unpack our own flawed logic behind not taking a moment to celebrate our own successes, and you can take that much needed moment to breathe for yourself. Listen in to find peace within Startup chaos!

Jun 15

39 min

Is it better to live as a Startup Founder in a major city? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss working from home, where to locate a company, and their experiences living in different areas. Tune in to hear the benefits and setbacks of being in a major city. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Jun 8

37 min

Can downsizing your Startup be the right move for you? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter speak on the appropriate sizing of businesses, understanding the health of a business, and the importance of communicating these changes with your team. Listen in to foster the longevity of your business.

Jun 1

32 min

Do you have tactics that can be deployed to help manage during a crisis? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroer talk on the crisis’ they’ve dealt with in the past, what works in managing during those instances, and beneficial communication tactics. Tune in learn how to best communicate amidst chaos! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

May 25

47 min

Do you feel like the recession is bringing your Startup to a standstill? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroer discuss how to make this recession beneficial for your business, how to delegate and refocus, and why you should buy-in during the recession. Listen in and learn how to optimize and weather the storm! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

May 18

41 min

Does bringing on an investor mean you’re hiring you’re own boss? In this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss, what happens once we close the deal with investors, the nature of the relationship between the investors and the Founders, and the decision of hiring your own boss. Tune in to understand how having investors could alter your business mode. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

May 11

38 min

Have you thought about the inevitability of an employee leaving your Startup? On this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss how former employees can be either an asset or a liability, learning to not take an employee leaving personally, and extending yourself to help them in their career path even after they leave. Listen in and learn how to encourage a happy send-off culture! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

May 4

42 min

Shouldn’t we still have health, happiness, and comfort while trying to grow a Startup? On this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss why it’s important to focus on quality of life as a Founder, giving yourself permission to enjoy and take care of yourself, and the power of quality of life as a form of compensation. Tune in and learn to take quality of life seriously! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Apr 27

36 min

What if we determined that what we're doing now is the thing we want to be doing for the rest of our lives? On this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss the fulfillment of finishing, the dynamic of passion within mastery, and the habit of deferred living. Listen in and learn to take advantage of the moment! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Apr 20

39 min

Are you aware that how you respond to difficult situations affects whether or not the best solutions will be created? On this episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter discuss emotional intelligence, how your EQ affects business health, and why it’s important as a Founder to be self-aware that your personality influences the organization. Listen in to learn why emotional intelligence is important!

Apr 13

30 min

Do you know what it looks like to pace yourself for the long run as a Founder? On today’s episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter talk about how to set your pace, how sprinting is an easy trap to fall into, and what happens when you push yourself too hard. Remember, it’s a marathon - not a sprint!

Apr 6

35 min

As parents and potential parents, what should we be teaching kids about Startup companies? On today’s episode of Startup Therapy, Ryan Rutan and Wil Schroter talk about how entrepreneurship is not taught formally, the benefit of teaching it at a young age, and how ownership of ideas is important to a child’s intellectual growth. Tune in to learn what can be done to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in children. Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Mar 30

32 min

When is it okay for a Founder to be open with their team and business partners about their personal problems? On this episode of Startup Therapy, Wil Schroter & Ryan Rutan open up about their past & current struggles with anxiety, health issues, and being overly critical with themselves and their Startups. Listen in to hear how we’ve come to learn to deal with our flaws in a healthy and productive manner, it can be done! Sign up for the Startups Newsletter https://www.startups.com/newsletter

Mar 23

39 min

Starting a company is hard, growing a Startup is slow, and frankly there aren't many Super Bowl type moments. Don't get discouraged, instead celebrate the small wins because the small wins daily lead to success over time.

Mar 16

36 min

Surely by now we've all seen The Social Network, but how much of a concern is it really if someone tries to steal our Startup idea?

Mar 9

31 min

Running a Startup can be chaotic, we know this, but is it true that problems will go away with time? Not necessarily. Some do, some don't, listen in to learn how & when to align your expectations for the unexpected.

Mar 2

29 min

Starting a Startup is brutal, hard work - at what point do our companies finally start to pay us back?

Feb 24

35 min

The $0 salary, is it the cool & honorable thing to do, or is it completely & utterly ridiculous? We'll find out today on this episode of Startup Therapy.

Feb 17

30 min

On today's episode of Startup Therapy we answer the question: what happens after we achieve the success we've worked so hard to get?

Feb 10

40 min

We talk a lot about how much time we spend on our Startups, but what about doing stuff that's not Startup related? On today's episode of Startup Therapy we discuss why this important - not only for your own sanity, but for the growth of your company.

Feb 3

32 min

On today's episode of Startup Therapy we're going to talk about the often misunderstood "Side Hustle" - why it's important, where it fits into Startup Life, and how to survive it... or when it's time to quit.

Jan 27

39 min

As Founders, the day you incorporate your company you become a manager. Today on Startup Therapy we talk about why management is important, how no one's truly qualified for this role, and if you, as a Founder, even need to be your own manager.

Dec 2019

41 min

As Founders, how can we deal with personal hardships that are often a result of our own Startups - while we're still running them? On today's episode of Startup Therapy, we share very personal stories of our own struggles with health and well-being as we built Startups.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

56 min

Ever caught yourself thinking - I don't love my Startup like I used to? Today we talk about similarities between relationships and Startups, why it's okay if the passion really has faded away, and a few actionable things you can do about it to help move on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

38 min

It's a fact, most Startups fail...but we never actually think that could happen to ours, right? In today's episode of Startup Therapy we talk about how to bounce back from failure, why it's not as bad as it sounds, and we share our own stories of past failures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

33 min

The Founder's journey can be a lonely one, but it doesn't have to be. In today's episode of Startup Therapy, we talk about why you should consider hosting Founder Groups, how they're helpful, and how they've helped us with our Startups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

51 min

As Founders, we think we know how our products and businesses will look and function for years to come, but as with time it's nearly impossible to expect the unexpected. In today's episode of the Startup Therapy podcast, we discuss what our Startups looked like in year 1, so you might have a better idea of what to expect in your first year too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

38 min

As a Founder, do you find yourself overwhelmed...and frustrated that things aren't moving forward as fast as you like? Startups are often portrayed as a go big or go home affair, and as Founders it's easy to get caught up chasing monumental goals and forget about the daily actions that will actually get us there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

38 min

As a Founder, do you find yourself feeling isolated, anxious, or alone? We've all heard the phrase, "it's lonely at the top", but as Founders we do far more than hear it...we live it. On today's Startup Therapy, we're going to talk about why loneliness is part of the Founder journey and what we can do to minimize the negative impacts it has on our lives, our families, and our Startups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

45 min

As a Founder, does it feel like every time you walk into a room you're being judged before a single word comes out of your mouth? Do you feel like it's always an uphill battle to be taken seriously? On today's Startup Therapy, we'll look at why it takes so much work to be taken seriously and what we can do to thumb the scales in our favor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

38 min

As Founders we value our freedom, but how much? When was the last time you considered the value, and the cost, of your freedom as a Founder? On today's episode of Startup Therapy, we'll discuss both sides of the Founder Freedom coin - the costs and the benefits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

38 min

As Founders, we know that Startups fail, and we end up moving on, but what happens when a Startup's doing really well but we want to move on anyway? On today's episode we discuss the reasons you may be compelled to quit your own Startup, how to fill the role you leave empty, and what life after quitting might look like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

42 min

As a Founder, I've asked myself...can I ever be an employee again? What happens if I'm forced into reporting to someone else now that I've tasted the freedom of Founderhood. Maybe you have too? On today's Startup Therapy, we'll discuss what happens when you have to stop being a boss and start having one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

41 min

As a Founder, when the business is struggling it can feel that that struggle is linked to your personal life, your personal safety, and you could suffer greatly as a result. On today's Startup Therapy podcast we'll talk about how important it is to isolate feelings of startup peril from those of personal safety, for your good and that of the business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

43 min

As Founders we spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to accomplish, but have you ever sat down and really given thought to using the freedom that comes with being a Founder to say, "Here's some things I NEVER want to do again"? On today's episode, we talk about the power of reducing stress by building a Startup we love, in an environment intentionally designed to avoid the things we loathe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

46 min

Is remote work bullshit? In today's episode of the Startup Therapy podcast were going to talk about when and how remote work & work-from-home policies can really have a positive impact on a Startup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2019

45 min

Does the idea of building a business worth millions that leaves you, as the Founder, broke seem unfair? On today's episode of the Startup Therapy podcast we'll explore why building something of great value doesn't directly or immediately turn into value for us, as Founders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 2019

40 min

Paying people with equity is a time-honored tradition in cash-starved startup land, however, have you ever stopped to consider the real cost? In today's Startup Therapy podcast we'll talk about the real cost of treating equity like cash when it represents 100%  of the future return on your efforts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 2019

39 min

On today's Startup Therapy podcast we're going to discuss why superior managerial skills don't necessarily trump a Founder's passion and knowledge as a company scales, and how to decide what to let go of...and when. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 2019

39 min

We all know the value of having a star player on our team or an amazing co-Founder, but what about the opposite? On today's episode of the Startup Therapy podcast, we'll discuss how to handle, identify, and handle toxic teammates before their impact spreads across the organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 2019

44 min

As Founders, we're all familiar with the concept of an exit plan. In today's Startup Therapy podcast we discuss what you actually CAN plan for,  what happens if you don't plan at all, or if you don't actually want to sell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 2019

48 min

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