Q: As a CEO of a Startup, Is It Normal to Argue With Your Co-founder Early On?
It is common. It is not IME normal.
I’ve had 2 incredible co-founder experiences. And I’ve had 1.5 challenging ones. (I’m broadly defining things).
Some folks do like to argue. I don’t. Some folks do like to be challenged. I do.
But being a co-founder has to be a 1+1=4 relationship. When you’ve had that, you know. When you have it, you should know.
If it feels like 1+1=1.8, or less … then it’s broken, I think. It’s probably not fixable.
But it might be. Try. Bring in an outsider to see if you can improve communication and fix it. Sometimes, it’s not too late.
But sit the both of you down and ask is 1+1=4? If you can’t agree it is, something is off.