ArticlesBlog Why I Don’t Have A Business Partner Anymore September 9, 2019100 Related posts: How to start a business with no money: tips for entrepreneurs What is a Business Plan? – Bplans Explains Everything The Basics of Writing a Business Plan for Your Small Business or Startup How to Write a Business Plan | Bplans.com Related tags : build a business business management business of design business partner business partners business partnership business partnership advice business partnerships explained chris do co chair co founder Entrepreneur Entrepreneur Advice Entrepreneurship futur brand hire partner How to missing piece partner partnering in business partnership partnerships for early learners partnerships in business Small Business startup the futur Post navigation Previous Article Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Round Two Next Article Professional MODEL leaves BEVERLY HILLS to LIVE in a VAN Comments (100) June 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm Experience is wisdom Reply June 13, 2019 at 11:52 pm AGREEEE!!!! 1000000000000000000000000000% Reply June 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm I swear I think like this. I think BIG. Reply June 15, 2019 at 4:56 pm Plus guys please read slicing Pie, that book is revolutionary into this partnership issues Reply June 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm i love all of it until the "why not learn it yourself" i can't see how to be a master of 3D animator if i also have to be an expert and work with coding an app to be a one-man agency. We can all learn the basic but to master it , you cant without then losing the other part you started out with. Am i totally wrong here? i started out with graphic designer, i quickly learned that if i could do web developing too, i could earn more and not have to wait on others or count on them BUT i also quickly found out i could not master it. maybe do a few things here and there but yeah. Reply June 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm In the end personality is key. Just like in personal relationships Reply June 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm dude this video made me cry!! it's all so true. miss my best friend and former partner so badly =(But it didn't went bad cuz of work, it´s really hard to separate friendship from work. Reply June 17, 2019 at 7:55 am Hey Chris, how would you call Ben & Matthew for example then ? Are they your partners ? Your employees ? Contributors ? Other ? Looks like your relationship is more than strictly professional. Thanks ! Reply June 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm The negatives of partnerships he mentions I'm seeing now. Time to pivot. Reply June 18, 2019 at 3:13 pm Bingo Reply June 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm OMG…. narcissism at it's best 😀 Reply June 19, 2019 at 8:58 am I have a family company in Taipei city of Taiwan. Where could I find someone to work with as international partner? Reply June 20, 2019 at 11:40 pm Finally, someone with the same mindset as I. Hilarious how you said people think your a crazy mofo. People think I’m crazy but I have very high expectations with high enthusiasm, motivation and determination. Reply June 21, 2019 at 5:13 pm Perfect timing, thanks so much! Reply June 21, 2019 at 5:34 pm I think it would be great to get started so you can work with someone and bounce ideas and be collaborative.. but maybe later when you're established and feel constrained you would want to separate… Reply June 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm @5:36 – If having a family is also a business- so you are mixing business and friendship together with your wife= then, maybe marriage will mostly fail? Hence, divorce rate? Reply June 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm All I can say is… GOLD! The nuggets in the short video break the LOGIC scale! Incredible! Reply June 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm good points, thanks for your honesty Reply June 25, 2019 at 11:51 am This is such phenomenal advice and nobody ever wants to say it. I love how you conducted your view. Bravo👏👏👏 Reply June 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm ha ha OMG so true. I have had 2 screwed partnerships and one brilliant one. However, the brilliant one … I should have not visited twice and gone into business a second time. The main reason I did was fun and synergy… I just enjoy doing stuff together. Although all the things he said crop up. Reply June 27, 2019 at 6:54 am My 2 closest friends asked me just yesterday about how I felt about us 3 going into a business together. I was never comfortable with this whole concept of business partners so I told them that I'll think about it. Then this video appears on my recommendations. Now I just have to tell my friends that I'm not interested. Reply June 27, 2019 at 7:36 am My guru thanks for the wisdom Chris🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 Reply June 27, 2019 at 7:47 pm The best partner is who increase your own power, not only who have some skills that you don't have. Reply June 28, 2019 at 3:16 am This guy is a creative beast with a string business head, I'm not that guy, I work well with the right partner, it's not an easy relationship though, not at all Reply June 28, 2019 at 7:55 pm Lovely! Reply June 28, 2019 at 11:28 pm Wow, that's kind of exactly what I'm going through Reply June 29, 2019 at 2:12 am So much hard truth here. Thanks for being bold enough to say it. Reply June 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm That's how i like Chris, RAW! Reply June 29, 2019 at 9:58 pm Never do business with friends. Reply June 30, 2019 at 1:33 am Love the cap Reply July 1, 2019 at 4:02 am Knowledge BOMBS over here Reply July 1, 2019 at 10:04 am That's exactly what I experienced and exactly why I won't have a business partner again Reply July 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm Chris, when I watch you speak it's like listening to the committee in my head. I don't have time to explain myself to people. Reply July 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm "God is a designer". Wow…loved this phrase. Reply July 2, 2019 at 4:04 pm What you share is very tricky. Sadly many people sooner or later burn out because of such thinking (especially your generation I see lately)… Probably you would say they don't do it right, but I believe its very hard to run long term like this…. Reply July 2, 2019 at 9:53 pm yeah right.. go fill the hole by learning animation.. its no so hard hahaha you blew my mind Chris… If learning how to do everything was that easy, anyone could be a one man's agency.. and It is not true… You know it. Learning anything has a curve and you can't go in life pretending to cover everything there is to know… I mean you might accomplish it,, yeah, when you are like 60 years old lol Reply July 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm Chris’s personality in work seems too much like me :)) Reply July 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm Just walked away from a partnership this year. Same thing, I'm ambitious and I work like an animal but my partner, as incredibly smart and skilled as he is, just doesn't have the desire to reach places that I wanna reach. I wish he was honest with me about his intentions though. It would've been easier for both of us. Reply July 3, 2019 at 1:38 am So a partnership would only work perfectly if they’re literally an identical clone? Reply July 4, 2019 at 4:20 am don't rely on partnership to fill the hole, go learn yourself, that's really the way people grow! thanks Chris! Reply July 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm Drop the mike Chris… Reply July 8, 2019 at 7:42 pm Cold hard truths. It's nearly impossible to not have an explosion.I've been in the same boat several times… no more partners for me. Employees, contractors, but no partners.Thanks for sharing Reply July 10, 2019 at 11:03 pm I don't agree on this one. Yes, it requires a lot of ego control to make it work. Narcissists, ego-maniacs, self-entitled freaks, etc. should never partner. Reply July 11, 2019 at 11:27 am You hit the score on every single point. I'm currently struggling with this situation (unbalanced workload/responsibility/motivation) and it's a burden that adds up to day-to-day operations. Reply July 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm This is so spot on! Reply July 14, 2019 at 7:43 am I've heard you repeat that Ben & Jerry anecdote a few times now in your videos. I'm not sure where you are getting your information but I can't find anything online of them supposedly hating each other. They still do a lot of interviews together and were even arrested together at a protest a few years ago. Recently, they were on an inspiring episode of NPR's How I Built This and they seem to get along just fine. Just thought I'd let you know! Reply July 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm I would disagree on this, I work like an animal, work like a machine and my partners do not. Every person brings in different qualities and expertise to the table that your business needs. To me a good partnership is better than no partnership at all. My business took off when I partnered with other people. I believe it takes studying efficient time management, proper human dynamics and more of delving into management realm. You have to take time to water your plants, commit to your business partners and don't give up. Expectations need to be set and you need to remind them of the initial agreement. Most probably my partners quit on me bec of my work ethic than the other way around. Luckily i still have some of my amazing business partners now who stayed. They are now almost, playing at the same level as me, because not everyone will stay and not everyone will be as good as you, etc. This is what makes us unique as individuals. Reply July 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm Did the crazy ghost that had possessed Gary V just possess our Chris Do ? Reply July 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm My experience — don't have a partner that started off as your friend. I am the same way. When I do something, I'm all in 1000% and if your partners are not, resentment will grow! I'd also say that you don't need to do everything yourself. You can hire people to fill those specific skills you lack. Nowadays, you can get it done much cheaper than before. Reply July 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm I am struggling to understand what this blowhard os talking about. This overthinking, over-analysis of design is a product of self-denial of what true design is. What it boils down to is opportunity, connections, and economics. I know lots of designers who don't have a foot in the door doing amazing designs without the luxury of partnerships and all the bells and whistles that has nothing to do with design. Just shut up already.. Reply July 22, 2019 at 7:22 am Powerful advice. I’ve been through this myself. Working for yourself is always better but Self Awareness is key. Reply July 23, 2019 at 11:37 am Cuz u can’t trust anyone nowadays Reply July 23, 2019 at 1:31 pm Amazing advice.. Especially the thing he said about the Hole telling him to learn his business. I thought I was crazy for wanting to learn Backend coding too and not just sticking to UX, UI and also the FrontEnd part. Reply July 23, 2019 at 6:25 pm Did he mean by "business partner" a cofounder? Because a business partner does things that is totally different than what he is complaining about. Reply July 24, 2019 at 1:43 am Na, I couldn’t work with this guy. loves to hear himself talk, terrible personality type for collaboration. Reply July 24, 2019 at 5:15 am I see the point. Im also on a partnership that went south cause of greed and politics. But still hanging on cause i felt like ive prepared 2 years before launch the brand and now going 3, so total 5 years. My partners only take credits of others work and made the company a piggybank for personal reasons although came from high financial status. Now we hire someone to do the business. This i think is best. No more unnecessary clashes. I can pivot and work on other things while the business is running by it self. Lesson learned:1.Defining expectations, agree, sign on it. 2.See characteristics of the person, go out, travel few days, before make partnerhip, dont do it if the person is negative in nature, even if the project is gold. Reply July 24, 2019 at 8:37 am Great call Chris. I appreciate this. Reply July 24, 2019 at 10:16 pm AWESOME ADVICE!!!! ✊ Reply July 26, 2019 at 3:43 am A partnership can work… I’ve been in partnership for years and it’s worked out. I will do any new business solo though because of course it’s good to be able to do whatever you want to do and keep more of the business profits. However, if your partner is bringing skills, assets or funding that’s critical to the business, then having a partner is simply practical. Reply July 26, 2019 at 2:05 pm I've been wondering about what happened. I REALLY prefer this channel post Jose. He seemed like a great dude, but the chemistry was weird, and I think Chris is more focused and well branded without him. Reply July 27, 2019 at 9:02 am You need a team to build a company Reply July 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm 5 partnerships and I can tell you that this is the truth. You win together for a while, but as time goes by you are bound to drift apart. And I always outworked them. My last partner left me out in the cold at a moment's notice. That was 2 months ago. Now I am utterly convinced that it is not a sustainable idea in the long term. I would rather just collab on ad hoc projects. Reply July 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm How did I just discover this channel? Reply July 27, 2019 at 3:34 pm Wow 😮 Reply July 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm YES!!! Thank you so much for putting words to what I always thought. You don't hear this point of view very much. I'm always the one working more and better, and then incompatibility rises. Very tough to make things work like this with friends. Funny how I've always believed there no is "gap filling" for love relationships, but never applied it to business! Although I always learned the stuff I didn't know simply because I hardly trust anyone else's "expertise" in a given subject without me knowing at least the basics. This "tactic" has allowed me to notice scams early on. Reply July 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm As a new viewer, I find those black background edits very distracting. I think it would be much better if there something like a caption at the bottom with the main words highlted. I'm listening to Chris talk and then I'm immediately thrown off/distracted. Reply July 28, 2019 at 5:27 am Chris I like your hat, witch God? Reply July 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm Honestly, feeling resentment that someone isnt putting 4x the work they can is kind of petty. If I am doing 4x the work and my partner is doing 2x the work, then that's 6x the work, that is still faster than me working alone. That's 150% more productivity than if I work alone. If you struggle with resentment because you both don't get the same amount of work done, then you are just immature in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you're putting more time in than everyone else. All that matters is that your vision gets completed. And if you can't spend a couple hours persuading your partner about your vision to miss out on a 150% of corporate productivity, then you're not fit to be a leader. Everything this guy says makes sense to him, but you're a fool if you think you can go farther alone than you can with a partner. All VCs know that the startups with 2 to 3 co-founders are most often more successful than a solo founder. These are facts. Just choose your co-founder wisely. Get to know them over a couple of years. And if your friendship fails because of a failed business opportunity than your friendship was never that strong to begin with. PERIOD Reply July 29, 2019 at 10:18 am 0:00 chris touching and feeling that meat. 0:01 chris starts to cut the meat violently. 0:06 chris elegantly throws some salt on the meat. Reply July 29, 2019 at 11:41 am Side note… All these points is exactly why I’m not married 😂 Reply July 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm But Chris you were the one who said to be with a business person as a creative. Now you're saying to go learn the skill for myself Reply July 30, 2019 at 1:00 am Not to mention the big one….Someone just might intentionally F#&K you over 😉 Reply July 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm You're a cool dude and all, but I don't agree with you. 🙂 Reply July 30, 2019 at 11:53 pm only wished I watched this earlier Reply July 31, 2019 at 1:33 am The world has too many people talking about themselves. Reply July 31, 2019 at 8:55 am Having partner(s) that don't pull their weight and sacrifice is one thing. Wanting to do everything by yourself though is just madness. One hand cannot clap itself. Reply July 31, 2019 at 7:24 pm Interesting conversation. My two cents is that one cannot do everything especially at the speed you're going at. The human body is not a machine. I'd say high risk of burning out with adrenal fatigue at some point. Maybe the point of the failed partnerships is to learn to compromise? Reply August 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm This is true. I stopped collaborating with friends on a project as soon as I realized this. Reply August 5, 2019 at 5:21 am This is the greatest shit ive ever heard Reply August 7, 2019 at 8:46 pm I get why he feels that way. Kinda sucks that he's jaded about it. But in my experience, I work well with my business partner who just so happens to be my best friend. We know how to balance things well and it just works. I could learn the business side more but I'd rather not deal with that. I'd rather focus on the creative. Juggling both isn't necessarily better. Reply August 12, 2019 at 5:07 am Wow who's this guy? Sounds smart Reply August 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm Filling your hole is soo important.. Best told in MOVIE "THE FOUNDER"(McDonald's story).. Reply August 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm There was really ben and jerrys add at the end 😳 Reply August 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm Oh this guy is so on spot, i like it Reply August 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm Interviewer 9-5 cog Reply August 20, 2019 at 10:20 am I completely agree u cannot mix business with professional. Reply August 21, 2019 at 8:08 am Totally agreed 100% with u Reply August 23, 2019 at 12:13 am realest advice ever. you've spelled out virtually every partnership I've ever had. Reply August 25, 2019 at 10:45 pm This is great advice.. As ever. Can relate to this in a few ways – that I won't go into detail about (!) other than to say – I agree 😉 Reply August 26, 2019 at 10:24 am This guy is the realest OG Reply August 27, 2019 at 8:35 am I would open IPO . Reply August 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm I will never agree to partner up again. I worked with my former business partner for nine years as associates working together at an ad agency and eight years as business partners with our successful creative agency. Not only did it ruin a friendship, but the built-up resentment over numerous things ultimately force me to do some serious soul searching, which led to the dissolution of my business. My only regret is not seeking the advice of a mentor at the moment when things got rough. Not to save the company necessarily but to keep my sanity and to bring some clarity to the situation. So much of what Chis says in this video played out verbatim. Reply August 28, 2019 at 10:51 pm He’s likes to separate his personal relationships from his professional relationships so that he can walk away from the professional ones… Although I think there’s a place for that kind of thinking and it’s conventional wisdom, I like to mix my personal relationships with my professional ones so that I can’t walk away from them. Sure that’s easier said than done. But I bet you learn who your real friends are real fast. Money is a big part of our lives. If our friends can’t do business with us. How much are we really friends? Or how loyal are they really? Reply August 29, 2019 at 9:02 pm True. I don’t like having a business partner because people don’t move the same way as I do and I don’t want to keep pulling them. Plus, I don’t want to destroy a good relationship just because of business. Reply August 30, 2019 at 8:03 am I wish I had this advice years ago! Reply August 30, 2019 at 10:31 am He reminds me of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Reply August 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm Learn to fill your own hole, bro. Reply September 2, 2019 at 9:23 am Same story Reply September 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm Why you cannot escape personal relationship ? Reply September 5, 2019 at 12:41 am 工作和私人关系一定要划清界限。说的太对了。 Reply Comment here Cancel reply Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.