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Announcing Da Primus Consulting

"Give First."

These words drew me and my family to Boulder in 2009. We were drawn to a place that favored community over cutthroat competition, support over secrecy, where one company's success was a victory for everyone. We came here to join a small but rapidly growing group of people who wanted to tackle wicked problems and change the world through entrepreneurship. And boy, am I glad that we did.

"Give first." It's more than a motto: it's a way of life that looks at the world not as a Darwinian experiment but as a system that returns what you put into it. If you sow generously, then you'll reap generously. If you're only here to harvest, then you'll find that the resources eventually dry up. "For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Give, and it will come back to you. And if it doesn't, then that's OK, too, because you helped someone who needed it.

Giving has always been a big part of my personal life, an…

You Have to Give to Succeed

Giving is a way of life in my family.  I've talked before about how we make this a priority in our lives and our finances, and we try to make it a part of our everyday lives as well.  For years, when anyone left the house for the day, they would leave with the words "Be a blessing!" in their ears.  We want to be more than good people; we want to be a blessing to the world, and every part of my personal life is tuned toward that purpose.

Work?  Not so much.  Putting other people first at home is one thing, but doing it at work always seemed to be the fast track to a career in doormats and punching bags.  When your boss has Sun Tzu's  The Art of War on his desk, maybe graceful capitulation isn't the best strategy.  So I learned to keep my generosity at home and to be more strategic in my dealings at work.

I had a certain image in my mind of what a "giver" looked like: nice, soft, beaten down, carrying some girl's books to school while she walked arm…

When to hire a CxO

In my last article, I told you that you don't need a CTO yet, and I received some interesting responses.       In one discussion, someone pointed out that this doesn't just apply to CTOs but could really include any C-level position that the founding team doesn't already have covered.  I agree: I chose to write about the CTO role because it's closer to my experience, so I end up discussing this function with startup teams, but you could just as easily say, "Don't hire a CFO yet."  As this person pointed out, you need to take care of the functions that are covered by these roles, but you don't need to create the titles until they're absolutely necessary.

So let's assume you took my advice (because you really should).  The logical next question is: when should I hire a CxO?  The actual timing varies by your company and situation, but here are some pointers to tell you when the time is right.

When the hat gets too big "We all wear a lot of …