Amy Buechler and Michael Seibel on Founder Coaching and Having Hard Conversations

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Amy Buechler is an executive coach for startup founders.

Michael Seibel is a partner and the CEO of YC.

In this episode we talk about coaching and use examples from Michael’s time working on and Socialcam.

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.



00:10 – What is coaching?

00:40 – How is coaching different from therapy?

2:00 – What are the most common challenges founders in coaching have?

2:55 – Challenges with roles and responsibilities at Twitch

7:15 – How would Amy have coached Michael around roles and responsibilities?

9:10 – Not being disruptive as a leader

11:00 – Switching roles at Twitch

12:15 – Uneven equity splits

14:30 – Distributing and negotiating equity

20:45 – Communicating your own value

22:20 – Can there be too much communication?

23:40 – Productive arguments

27:40 – Talking about performance issues

29:45 – Setting clear goals and managing motivation

32:45 – Enjoying the work

33:30 – Conversations about runway

36:20 – Digging your company out of the grave and continuing

39:50 – Michael being against coaching initially

42:00 – How to have hard conversations

43:45 – Removing a responsibility from someone

49:20 – Returning to roles and responsibilities

50:10 – Jeanie McCallister asks – What’s the single most important piece of advice you can give a founder?

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