Reboot Podcast Episode Reboot Extras #1: Unspoken Cofounder Issues with Dan Putt / Jay Acunzo (NextView Series)

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Extras #1 // August 11, 2016

Episode Description

It’s long been a goal of ours to bring you more stories and perspectives from within Reboot to the podcast. Well, I’m thrilled to bring you just that today in our very first of what we’re calling “Reboot Extras.”  I’m happy to announce that our first Reboot Extras series is in collaboration with NextView Ventures and their podcast, Traction. Don’t worry, we’re still going to do our regular Jerry programming but hopefully you enjoy what we have for you today.

For those who don’t know, NextView Ventures is a seed VC based in New York and Boston (By the way, NextView’s Co-founder, Rob Go, attended our first VC bootcamp this past March. His thoughts are here.) and they offer their very own fantastic podcast called Traction.  I’ve long been a fan of their show, so when Traction’s host and creator extraordinaire, Jay Acunzo, floated the idea of a collaboration in a conversation back in January, I immediately said yes.  

In today’s first episode, we dive into an agonizing situation: When you’re certain there are some issues between you and your cofounder(s), but you’ve let them linger unspoken for awhile, what do you do? Is it too late? Can you reign them back in and salvage the relationship(s)? Should that even be the goal?

NextView’s VP of Platform, Jay Acunzo, joins me and asks me questions I’m sure so many of you who’ve experienced this kind of situation have asked.  (You’ll hear from us both during each episode as we discuss one big issue at a time.)

Again, I’d highly recommend you check out the Traction Podcast

There is so much content out there about being a founder, and for whatever reason, “soft” skills like communication, leadership, and mental well-being are either considered second-tier topics or, unfortunately, they’re criticized outright. (“Startups are hard! Deal with it!”) We all believe this to be utter crap. They’re not soft skills, they’re hard skills to both develop and teach throughout your organization. And yes, startups are hard, but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t create communities of people (online or off) where challenges can be discussed and worked through openly — especially when someone’s mental health may be at stake.
So, without further ado, I hope you enjoy the first of several episodes we’ve created on these topics. Thanks for listening!