The Two Most Common Mistakes Growth Stage Founders Make

by Y Combinator8/22/2017

In this Office Hours excerpt, Ali Rowghani shares the two most common mistakes growth stage founders make.

1. Not Recognizing The Job Description Changes As You Grow
The job of a founder at a 10-20 person company is different than at a 50+ person company. In the first phase it’s about building a product and finding product/market fit. In phase two the CEO’s job shifts from doing to leading. Your focus should be on building a company.

2. Rushing or Forcing Hiring
Usually this happens when a CEO is too involved with production at the company and isn’t spending enough time recruiting and getting to know executives.

You can watch the full Office Hours here.


  • Y Combinator

    Y Combinator created a new model for funding early stage startups. Twice a year we invest a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200). The startups move to Silicon