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Frank Rotman

What the heck do you do if a Founder is fully vested and asks for an options refresh?

It happens all the time but with valuations down the answer isn’t simple.

A few thoughts on a third-rail topic: 🧵👇

February 13, 2023

Frank Rotman

It’s widely believed that “grit” is one of the most important characteristics of successful people.

After 8 months in the web3 space I have a view that many of the problems in the NFT ecosystem are directly attributable to a lack of grit.

A few controversial thoughts: 🧵👇

July 6, 2022

Frank Rotman

Founders can be stereotyped into one of two general profiles.

In today’s funding environment one profile is likely to survive and thrive while the other will struggle and possibly die out.

Which are you? 🧵👇

June 17, 2022

Frank Rotman

The world is undeniably a different place than it was a few years ago. There’s been a profound shift in people’s preferences, especially when it comes to “work”.

We’re quickly entering a change or die moment so ignoring the Zeitgeist of society is akin to playing with fire. 🧵👇

March 31, 2022

Yusuf Ozdalga

Founders worry more about the war for talent than they do wars or Covid.

In a recent LinkedIn survey, I asked founders and the fintech community at large what they saw as the greatest challenge in the new year.

Whereas only 6% of respondents picked Covid as the top challenge, an overwhelming 48% pinpointed the war for talent as their top concern.

February 1, 2022

Frank Rotman

Are you responsible for leading a stressed-out and overworked team?

Do you want to become a better Leader and create some breathing room? 🧵👇

October 28, 2021

Frank Rotman

There’s a lot of chatter recently about #Fintechs not wanting to hire people with traditional #Banking backgrounds and traditional #Bankers pointing out how short-sighted this is. It’s a complex topic that’s worth unpacking. 👇

April 30, 2021

Frank Rotman

It’s widely believed that “grit” is one of the most important characteristics of highly successful people. I have an emerging (and controversial view) that the YOLO investing behavior that we’re seeing is directly attributable to a societal reduction in grit. Unpacked:

February 2, 2021

Frank Rotman

Many #Startup CEOs struggle to redefine their own role as their company scales. I’ve been asked by startup CEOs many times: “What should my job be?” What follows is a framework I’ve used to guide various CEOs through the evolution from a “Small Team CEO” to a “Proper CEO”:

November 19, 2020