I had so many emotions when I read this and it’s been a bit since I’ve finished, and the emotional rollercoaster yet to end. Your positivity and perseverance is astonishing. I truly admire how you factually described what happened and the way you broke down the red flags without throwing much, if any, shade.
The patterns you discuss are patterns I’ve seen and experienced, too. They are not exclusive to those founders, though this is the first time I’ve read such a comprehensive telling of a startup nightmare. Thank you very much for writing it all down and sharing this.
It makes me feel less alone in the bizarre things I’ve experienced and I hope it helps others recognize terrible situations before they become too entrenched.