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Don’t Think of Your Startup as a ‘Family’

There’s a much better term you can use

Illustration: handmade with ❤ by Ariane Frida Sofie

In the early years of my company, we did not extend an employee’s one-year-long contract because their performance was okay, but not outstanding. Also, we were in the middle of a financing round and had to save on cash. It was a perfectly rational decision. However, since it was the first instance that we had let go of somebody…