You’ve probably heard of helicopter parents and how ultimately destructive such an overbearing presence can be. A helicopter founder inflicts similar damage on a company. Just as a parent’s domineering presence can smother a child’s growth, an overbearing founder can sabotage even the best employees and processes.

In this article, Ben Kirshner recounts his process of coming to grips with being a helicopter founder and gives advice for stepping back and allowing your company to flourish on its own.

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