We launched Founder + Lightning after our Founder and CEO, Matt (who doesn’t code), made a few costly mistakes with his first tech venture. At the time, there wasn’t anyone talking about the difficulties of being a tech founder who doesn’t code in the startup world, there weren’t the right technical partners available, and no one to get advice from.
He realised he wasn’t the only one, and that others founders like him weren't being given the best chance of success. Either they were building their product with a development agency, who would build anything without validating the idea, or they felt they had to rush to bring on a CTO and give away equity (these rushed relationships often failed). Both made founders who don’t code feel out of control.
So, Founder and Lightning was born and Co-Founders, Dan and Pawel, joined to bring their expertise onboard.
Since inception in 2015, Founder + Lightning has empowered over 30 founders to build their tech startup. We’ve been on a journey with each one, and have been there for the ups, the downs, and everything in between. In 2023 we launched F+L Capital and invest in early stage start ups to work with us to validate, build and iterate an early stage B2B tech product. We see ourselves as a long-term partner and function as an in-house team for Founders, talking to them every day.
90% of startups fail, and it’s for the same reasons over and over. The last 8 years have been about uncovering every mistake that can be made, so that our Founder Partners don’t have to.
We know the huge value that commercial-focused founders bring to the tech startup ecosystem– that’s our priority.
Having spent the last decade working with the most time and money-conscious businesses (startups), we are now bringing these learnings to benefit established businesses. In this capacity, we help corporates build new tech, update their tech processes and work with in-house teams to help them achieve their tech goals. We help them improve their entrepreneurial thinking to get more stuff done, better.
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