The Job Doctor — who doesn’t identify himself by his name online — was revealed in all his non-medical glory at the AIM Group’s RecPlus in Barcelona this morning. Jeff Dickey-Chasins gave a talk about startups — how to fail (and hopefully also how to succeed).

Fifty-two percent of startups fail in the first four years, 82 percent of them from cash flow problems, Dickey-Chasins (LinkedIn profile) started in a somewhat dire mood.

Jeff Dickey-Chasins

But startups with more than one founder raise on average 30 percent more funding. Multiple founders also see user growth at triple the rate of single-founder startups and they tend to scale prematurely less frequently. “When you have two people in the room talking, that tends to slow things down,” Dickey Chasins explained.

How much money does a new startup need? At least enough to see through 12-18 months of operation. That’s how much time is required before the company sees any significant cash return; especially in the recruitment classified industry where sales cycles typically run 3-6 months.

Startups need to make sure they have the right people on board: Staff that knows how to sell, that knows how to run a business, and team members with “resiliency” so that if they hit a problem they can’t solve, they try something else rather than just walk away.

Most important (and most surprising, in some ways): don’t rush! Take your time. Yes, the stress of launching fast is ever-present in the tech world, but “starting a few months late won’t kill your chances,” Dickey-Chasins said. “But if you launch too early, you could end up on the side of the road.”

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