Don't choke your startup — cut the cord. Gradually.

Whether you’re a male or female entrepreneur, starting a company feels a lot like giving birth. But you’re still babying your startup a year or two after launch, you have a problem.

The lean startup: How to stay lean when your company takes off

The Lean Startup concept, developed by Eric Reis roughly two years ago, has been embraced by the startup community. And though I think it’s the best and most consistent framework available for entrepreneurs to methodically evaluate their ventures, what happens when you get a product into the market that customers actually want and your business starts to grow? Does the “lean” focus end there?