Reboot Podcast Episode #30 – Who Do You Turn To? – with Yancey Strickler & Ian Hogarth

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.

Episode 30 // January 7, 2015

Watch carefully the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves

Guests

Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler

CEO and Co-Founder of Kickstarter

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Ian Hogarth

Ian Hogarth

Chairman and Co-Founder at Songkick

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Episode Description

There’s a saying: Behind every great man is a great woman. I would add: behind every great entrepreneur is a great friend. The entrepreneurial path simply can’t be traveled alone.  So when Jerry asked Kickstarter’s CEO and Co-founder, Yancey Strickler: Who do you turn to? The response was immediate: Ian Hogarth, Co-founder, and Chairman of Songkick.  We’re grateful to have Yancey and Ian join Jerry in today’s podcast to talk about their friendship, the importance of peer relationships in entrepreneurship, the relief of being heard by those who can empathize with your experience, as well as those who can challenge you from a place of love and deep understanding. Enjoy this discussion with Jerry, Ian Hogarth, and Yancey Strickler.  

This conversation was recorded in early December, and since then Ian has announced his intention to give up the Co-CEO role at Songkick and focus on his role as Chairman.  I’d encourage to read his very well written blog post on this transition here.

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Show Highlights

“It’s funny the emotions that come with watching other people succeed.” – @ystrickler Click To Tweet “As a CEO you have to have all these things in your head that you can’t really talk to anyone else about.” -@soundboy Click To Tweet “The bullshit stops here. The whole we’re killing it notion stops here.” @jerrycolonna Click To Tweet “We all are doing each other a disservice by not being more real in public.” @soundboy Click To Tweet “Just because you feel like shit doesn’t mean you are shit.” @jerrycolonna Click To Tweet “Comparison is the thief of joy.” FDR via @ystrickler Click To Tweet “Your first job in a relationship is to be an attentive pair of ears for the other person.” @ystrickler Click To Tweet I’m the Kickstarter Guy, and I have tons of anxiety and experience a ton of challenging things.” @ystickler Click To Tweet

“It’s funny the emotions that come with watching other people succeed.” – Yancey Strickler

“Often, even if it’s unrelated to you, there can be feelings of jealousy with seeing other people do well.”  Yancey Strickler 

“As a CEO you have to have all these things in your head that you can’t really talk to anyone else about.” Ian Hogarth 

“It’s always easier to tell someone else what to do than it is to do something on your own.” Yancey Strickler 

“The thing that opens up a relationship is having a sudden moment of nakedness where you are sharing something really raw and sensitive that you are scared to tell anyone else.” Ian Hogarth

“If you’re going to avail yourself of this kind of support someone has to be willing to be real, authentic, and vulnerable, and be the first one to talk.” Jerry Colonna

“The bullshit stops here. The whole we’re killing it notion stops here.” Jerry Colonna

“We all are doing each other a disservice by not being more real in public.” Ian Hogarth

“The need to play a certain narrative for the press is pretty harmful to most founders psychology.” Ian Hogarth 

“Just because you feel like shit doesn’t mean you are shit.” Jerry Colonna

“Just because your company is fucked up doesn’t mean it’s more fucked up than the company down the street, or that you’re going to fail.”  Jerry Colonna 

“All companies start off in this unhealthy, dysfunctional, and crazy state.” Jerry Colonna 

“There’s this great FDR quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Yancey Strickler quoting FDR 

“It’s incumbent on us to push to a world where you can be real.” Ian Hogarth 

“Your first job in a relationship is to be an attentive pair of ears for the other person.” Yancey Strickler 

“Great coaching isn’t about telling the client what they want to hear. It’s about telling the client what they need to hear.” Jerry Colonna