How to Deal with Startup Founder Resentment

Gabe Zichermann
5 min readAug 26, 2022
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Startups are a breeding ground for resentment. And no one is more resentful than a high-performance founder.

Whether it’s a co-founder who didn’t put in quite as much time and/or money, an employee drawing a salary while the founder scrapes by, an investor getting a too-good deal because of market timing, or customers/media getting the credit for “discovering” the company — founder…

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Gabe Zichermann

Author and Public Speaker on Gamification, The 4th Industrial Revolution, the Future of Work and Failure. More about me: https://gabezichermann.com