I started my company with two co-founders: Jim and John (not their real names). I was the CEO, Jim was the marketing guy, and John was the engineering guy.

My two co-founders and I had worked together previously. We understood the plan and direction we were going in. We started pitching VCs after working on the plan for about three months.

John didn’t understand my value. John convinced Jim that they didn’t need me. My two co-founders quit the night before we were going to get funding.

I will never forget the last conversation I had with John. John said to me, “I know more about building a com…

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