Thank you to everyone who has played a role in building the dialogue within this blog over the last 14 months! I’ve really enjoyed reading your observations and experiences regarding the most critical issues and choices faced by founders and those who work with them.
A Look Back
Since its launch in mid-September 2005, the blog has had almost 29,000 unique visitors, who have been responsible for more than 43,000 page views. Taking a step back to reflect on the past year-plus, here are a few quick snapshots of where the blog has been and currently stands.
The first “snapshot” includes 3 maps, each taken a week apart, of the locations of the two dozen most recent blog visitors at the time.
In addition to the readers who come directly to the blog, the number of people who subscribe to the RSS feed has also increased steadily, as shown by the chart below. (Raw data is care of FeedBurner, whose founder-CEO, Dick Costolo, was kind enough to post a comment on his founding experiences a few months ago.)
Within our blog-dialogue, the post that attracted the most blog-comments from readers was “Founding with Friends,” with 37 comments (to date).
The three most popular issues in the blog (measured by the frequency with which people pull up those specific pages) have been:
- Splitting the Pie (post, post, post, case)
- Rich vs. King (post, post, paper)
- Founder-CEO Succession (post, post, post, paper, case)
For more on each of these issues — and on other co-founder, compensation, equity, hiring, board, and investor issues — see the latest “Topics Covered in This Blog (So Far)” post below.
A Look Forward, and a Request
In the immediate future (beginning later today), my next posts will include a lot more regarding #1 on the list above, “Splitting the Pie.” Specifically, I’ll be posting details on the initial quantitative results from the equity-split part of the 2006 IT survey, to get everyone’s input on the patterns that emerged.
My one regret with the blog is related to my major motivation for doing it: sparking a dialogue about the most critical issues faced by founders, to see where my research can help fill holes in our knowledge of the challenges you have faced or are facing during the early stages of company building. Even though we started off with a healthy dialogue a year ago, as the number of readers and RSS subscribers has increased recently, we unfortunately have had a significant drop in how active the dialogue has been within the blog.
Thus, my one request to subscribers and readers of the blog: I would really appreciate it if, at least once every couple of months, each of you would take a couple of minutes to contribute your thoughts or experiences (e.g., adding a new element that hasn’t been covered yet, or highlighting a limitation/inaccuracy in something I posted) to at least one post or comment. Right now, I would particularly welcome more input on such early-stage projects as “Golden Handcuffs” (summary, early results, initial interpretations), “After the Firing” (about the impact of the founder’s staying around vs. leaving after being replaced as CEO), and the “Splitting the Pie” posts I’ll be kicking off later today.
If there’s anything we learn in our case-discussion classrooms, it’s that every single person has something to teach everyone else in the room, and that is no less true of this virtual discussion!