/// A "Breaking Bad" Guide to Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Shan123/Flickr I just binge-watched all six seasons of “Breaking Bad.” If you haven’t downloaded the AMC show (but plan to soon), prepare yourself for experiencing someone else’s mid-life crisis, with healthy doses of terminal illness, murder, infidelity and drug-dealing thrown in to keep it interesting. Spending time with chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White, his family, and the surrounding characters, is exhausting and engrossing at the same time. The characters (and Walt especially) are more complex than any you have spent time with on the TV screen. Instead of reviewing the show, as others have done far better than I could, I thought it would be fun to review what lessons the show teaches us about entrepreneurship. Walt is, in the end, an entrepreneur. He makes some good and not-so-good choices. Below are six lessons from Walt’s experiences as an entrepreneur: Choose the right co-founder Walt understood early on that he needed a co-founder that rounded out his skill set. Jesse Pinkman, Walt’s co-founder in crime, handled distribution, and Walt headed up product. Until the final season, they did more than that for each other. They had each other’s back, and balanced each other out emotionally. Most investors prefer Walt’s multi-founder approach to starting a company. (In technology startups, that means a strong business co-founder with an equally strong technical co-founder.) As important as picking a co-founder who minimizes your functional weaknesses, seek out someone who balances you, personality-wise. Every startup goes through major ups and downs. Maybe you won’t be running from drug cartels, neo-Nazis, and the DEA, like Walt and Jesse, but starting a company will likely be an emotional roller coaster

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