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Having a cofounder is a blessing and a curse at the same time.

You will always have someone to rely on and get advice from. Things will get done faster. There will be arguments. Some you win, some you lose. But it won't bother you because you share the same vision. I think everything is managable with a cofounder if you both have the same vision for the startup. If that changes it's better to move on.
 
Pinterest Co-Founder Leaving Company

If you have never done a startup, its kind of surprising that a co-founder at a company as hot as Pinterest would just get up and leave. You would think they have all the incentive to stay and ride the wave of success.

However, being a founder at a startup, I'm not completely taken aback by this. Look, doing a startup is hard. I don't imagine it will actually get any easier just because my company finds some success. The hardest job in any startup is being one of the founders. There is a great deal of stress that comes with the job and a lot of personal risk and sacrifice. It just isn't for everyone.

Further, like the article points out, there is often a lot of founder drama behind the scenes that nobody ever sees. It is probably more the norm than not that one of the founders of a startup leaves before the startup reaches the pinnacle of its success. You would think that founder is nuts but that is just because you haven't been there. Co-founders get into arguments and disagreements all the time. Unlike a more established company, there are not always clear roles and decision making authority even if you have tried to work it out. What if I want my web page blue but my co-founder wants it green? What if we just can't work it out? He isn't my employee so its not like I can just make him do what I want.

All the reasons people become founders are all the reasons people make bad co-founders. I'm strong-willed and opinionated. So is my co-founder. That can make for some very interesting disagreements. I'd be lying if I said there weren't times I didn't think it was going to work out between us so it doesn't come as a surprise to me when I hear another founder has decided to move on, even at a startup seeing success like Pinterest.

Are you surprised someone would leave such an important role at a startup doing so well?
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