Dear SaaStr: How Do You Deal With an Unreliable Co-Founder?

You first try to move them into an individual contributor role.  If that doesn’t work, then move them out.

This is one of the most frustrating outcomes, when a very talented co-founder becomes “unrealiable”.

You should try to keep them, if you can, and they don’t become a negative influence on the company.  Because they know so, so much.

But what “unreliable” really usually means is they just aren’t as committed as you are. And oftentimes, that’s completely logical.

Startups are so hard, and it’s so hard to see success in the early days. It’s logical one co-founder may be less committed, and become “unreliable”. Especially if you are working for $0 or a very low salary.

It’s almost un-fixable, however. You can try to transition them out. Or you should at least not have them manage anything. That lack of reliability will translate into a toxic culture of folks who are less than 100% committed.

A related post here:

Dear SaaStr: As a Co-Founder, When Do You Know It’s Time to Quit?

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