According to Noam Wasserstein of Harvard Business School, co-founder disputes are responsible for more than 65% of startup failures. That's a staggering figure but consistent with my experience working with early stage companies.
In this video, I discuss a common element I've observed in most co-founder disputes I've seen up close. In it, I point to an underlying source of the conflict that has less to do with the content of the dispute (e.g., different visions, expectations, and so forth) and more to do with how founders relate to their own beliefs and opinions.
It's perfectly common and natural for co-founders to have divergent views when it comes to their business. What's decisive in the health and longevity of a partnership is not so much the existence of differing perspectives -- as how founders relate, respond to and allow for them in the context of an ever-evolving partnership and business landscape.
Hope the video helps! Would certainly love to hear feedback on it, so please feel free to comment or reach out.