The Entrepreneur Agony Aunt Blog

Keeping it real, making it happen and telling the startup founder's story like it is. Because there are no mistakes that someone else hasn't already made.

Tales from serial tech entrepreneur Vicky Brock's experiences in founding, growing, building teams, raising money, getting to product market fit and failing fabulously!

October 27, 2018

Boards make the most important decisions about companies. Hard decisions are often made by individuals with no more than a few dozen hours in the job, and no day to day involvement in the company. As founder you will be just one vote on that board, and as a non-founder...

One of the most inspiring podcast conversations I've had, transcribed in full. Entrepreneur Pheona Matovu shares the story of how she and husband bounced back from a paperwork error that left them unable to work in the UK to found Radiant and Brighter to provide em...

July 11, 2018

I want to challenge the assumption that an acquisition or exit is always good, and the ultimate success outcome that entrepreneurs and their teams should aspire to. Let's be more honest with ourselves and each other on the reality of what most exits look like, beca...

December 29, 2017

The best founders I meet continually listen, learn and act. And though we do all still fall into making the same mistakes others have made (because they don't make sense until you've lived them) I really do have hope that the inspiration to execution loop reall...

December 20, 2017

It is impossible for a startup to thrive and grow in complete isolation. You need customers, staff, supporters and advisors. And that means that whether you are a social butterfly or the most reluctant introvert, you will need to systematically access multiple pools of...

November 22, 2017

One of the most common questions I get asked by first time pre-start founders is "How?" Here are my tips on how to start, what to focus on and the tactics that make your time and money go further

November 6, 2017

It's OK to not be OK. Despite your peers' amazing PR - the reality is always tougher than it seems. These fears are shared by most entrepreneurs at some point in startup life - let's start talking more openly about it

October 15, 2017

When you tell a founder to stop taking it so personally it is not just annoying, it's also dangerous. The walls come up and the entrepreneur stops listening. You're blame shifting. And it depletes their precious supply of emotional resilience.

October 2, 2017

I've been called both wise and a pioneer in the space of 24 hours. I think that translates as old and been around the block a few times, and not necessarily in the right direction. Some mistakes just have to be lived to be learned. But other mistakes were down to g...

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