I just raised $30 million. Here are 4 questions I wish I’d asked before I started my business

Entrepreneurship isn’t all glamour and wealth creation, even when things are going well, a founder writes.

It’s time to change the thinking that starting a business is everyone’s business. As Y Combinator president Michael Seibel recently told me: “I used to think my job was to convince people to start companies. Now, everyone wants to start a company, so I think my job is to talk them out of it.”

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