Do What It Takes to Survive: An Honest Story About Running Startups

Aaron Dinin, PhD
3 min readMar 24, 2020

While speaking on an entrepreneurship panel with three other founders of venture-backed startups, the panel’s moderator asked each of us to describe our most memorable moment as a CEO.

The first person talked about the day he got his first term sheet. He described how he was on his sixth startup, with the other five having failed. He was struggling…

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Aaron Dinin, PhD

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @ aarondinin.com