I’ll try not to be over dramatic about this…but, Marc is a BIG reason I started the “From Founder To CEO” platform. Many Founders were calling me for help. During this same time period, I read Marc’s piece on Geek Wire. The title was: “Stop being a founder, and start being a CEO.”
In this piece Marc was fairly vulnerable about being fired from his CEO role of the company he started. You could sense the emotion in his piece. It was the final catalyst for me to start FFTC.
Marc recounts this story and more in this candid interview. He also walks through a recent blog post where he shares his model for a Founder becoming a CEO. It’s entitled: “From Founder To CEO. How To Make The Transition.”
I really enjoyed speaking with Marc and I know you’ll walk away with lots to think about in this interview. Let me know what you think.
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