In much the same way strained relationships contributed to the breakup of The Beatles, many startups fall apart after a rift develops between business partners, writes Shelley Prevost, a co-founder of Lamp Post Group. The key to avoiding a similar fate is to have honest conversations with the other people on your startup team, she writes. "Kicking the emotional can down the road and hoping that things get better will not make things better," she writes.

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