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Author Offers a Unique Perspective on Founder-Investor Relationships

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In the world of startups, there's a delicate dance that takes place between founders and investors. Both sides have their own goals, perspectives, and expectations, which can often lead to points of friction.

But what are the underlying dynamics of this relationship? How can founders and investors better understand and navigate the challenges they face? In “Founder Versus Investor,” Elizabeth Zalman and Jerry Albright provide a candid and insightful exploration of the founder-investor relationship, uncovering the unspoken truths and offering valuable insights for both sides.

The founder-investor relationship is unique in the world of business. Unlike traditional loans or partnerships, the founder is not just accountable for the success of their business but also responsible for managing and appeasing the expectations of their investors.

This relationship evolves and changes as the company grows, and the stakes become higher. Misalignment, misunderstandings, and tensions are not uncommon, and it is crucial for founders and investors to navigate these challenges effectively.

The founder-investor relationship is a complex and delicate dance, but a deep understanding of its dynamics can lead to successful partnerships and shared growth. “Founder Versus Investor” offers a unique perspective on this crucial relationship, equipping founders and investors with the knowledge and insights they need to navigate the challenges and achieve their goals.

By fostering open communication, empathy, and a willingness to learn from each other, founders and investors can build stronger relationships and create thriving businesses.

Website: foundervsinvestor.com

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Elizabeth Zalman Teaser 00:00

And so as the relationship develops, there are all of these things that are not talked about, and there are tons of points of friction, right? Founder thinks the investor is an idiot. The investor has no idea why the founder is not listening to them. Both sides are right, of course. And we go back and forth on explaining why we behave the way that we behave throughout each of those life stages of the company.

Intro 00:25

Are you ready to hear business stories and learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and level up your business from awesome CEOs, entrepreneurs, and founders without listening to a long, long, long interview?

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Gresham Harkless 00:53

Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the I Am CEO podcast. And I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Elizabeth Zalman. Elizabeth, great to have you on the show.

Elizabeth Zalman 01:01

Thank you, Gresh.

Gresham Harkless 01:03

Super excited to have you on and talk about all these awesome things that you're doing.

And of course, before we jumped into that conversation, I wanted to read a little bit more about this so you can hear about some of those awesome things.

Liz is an infrastructure and information security expert. She is a two-time founder and CEO of venture-backed companies, building the first to a successful exit and the second to a multi-hundred million dollar business.

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Elizabeth has raised more than 100 million in venture capital from the most renowned investors in the world. She is a frequent speaker and guests at industry events and tech podcasts. In addition to being an investor and advisor herself. And she's also the author of the book Founder Versus Investor.

And I love the reason that she wrote the book. I was listening to an interview and I believe her and her coauthor actually connected over a blog post, which kind of, started to build their relationship. And of course, this books, I love the idea of connecting and networking through content and the content creation.

And I was also listening to an interview and she's just an absolute wealth of knowledge and one interview, she says something that's so practical, but it really hit home with me where she says, so many times you're trying to figure out, is this the best time to start this business? But she said, she tries to focus on the business she was building yesterday, the business she's building today, and the business that she's building tomorrow.

And I love the practicality of that and how impactful that is. And of course, I got. Throw in. She's a fellow dog owner. So who doesn't love their dogs and definitely expect the super awesome things. Thank you for being on the show. Liz, are you ready to speak to the I Am CEO community?

Elizabeth Zalman 02:27

Yes Gresh, thank you.

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