In many of my posts when I talk about the energy it takes to build a startup, I specifically mention the “Startup CEO.” I do this intentionally, because I work hard to only speak from experience. My own experience is based on being the CEO, and I have little experience-based credibility in sharing advice and ideas otherwise.
However, as it has been pointed out to me several times (especially at the Atlanta Tech Village water cooler), many times my thoughts and ideas are valid for anyone building a startup. Whether you are employee #2 or employee #20, the work is still hard, the energy still needs to be positive, and the ideas are still valid.
I will continue to speak from experience, because I believe this is the only credibility I have. If you do follow my writing, I hope that you will see yourself as “CEO of yourself” and have no issues with the reference to actual job titles in your startup.