I had a co-founder who fired my other co-founder without telling me.
The early days are always tough. We’d lauched, with only a small fraction of the traction we’d anticipated.
Who’s fault was it?
- The engineer who built a not-good-enough product?
- The marketer who didn’t market well enough?
- The sales guy who didn’t sell well enough?
No one knew. There was a lot of arguing. A lot of drama. And one fired another.
It was tough, I had to walk it back. Both literally (on several long walks), and conceptually. I had to give the “fired” co-founder more stock.
And ultimately, I had to let the other co-founder … the one that did the firing … move on.