Hi, I'm Lynsie Campbell!

For the past 15 years, I've been deep in the trenches of the startup world. I'm the founder of two tech companies: ShowClix and LaneSpotter. One was acquired. The other, not so much.

I mix it up as a General Partner at Everywhere Ventures (Midwest). We make pre-seed investments in the most innovative startups across Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Western PA.

Before tech, I worked in the entertainment industry doing stints at The Rosie O'Donnell Show and as a music publicist in Los Angeles.

My work has appeared in NPR, CNN, Forbes, Billboard, and WSJ.

I currently live in Pittsburgh, PA with my son, Dylan, two dogs, two cats, and seven bikes.


A female founder's (wild) journey through the (hyper-masculine) tech startup world

Most of the founder stories we hear are the successful ones — the ones with a happy ending. This is not that kind of story.

In This Better Work, I share the true stories of my fifteen-year journey through the hyper-masculine tech startup world — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This Better Work by Lynsie Campbell

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Lynsie perfectly captures the roller-coaster ups and downs of startup life.

She generously and bravely peels back the curtain on her biggest wins and losses, calling BS on others (and herself when appropriate), and providing an incredibly engaging, fast-paced, honest journey into the burdens and blessings of life as a tech entrepreneur.

This Better Work is a rollercoaster of masterful storytelling by one of the most dynamic founders in tech.

Lynsie is a fantastic storyteller of tales from the trenches of the modern startup world. I saw correlations with my own start-up, got the feels a few dozen times, and think of her journey often enough since reading that I had to come back and write a review.

I felt more seen reading this book than I have listening to any other founder.

When Lynsie shares her failures, it doesn't come with that undertone of smugness so often found in other founders' stories.The book feels like it's told by a stranger sitting next to you at your local pub: honest, sharp, and with just the right amount of cursing sprinkled in.

Great example of anti-survivorship bias: many books are written about "how I achieved stratospheric startup success" but few entrepreneurs put themselves out there showing all that went wrong (and occasionally right), and even fewer with the wit and wisdom shared here.

More is often learned in failure than success - read, learn, and empathize with this spirited female founder's journey. Really fun and insightful.

Book Chapters


Getting Acquired

Very few founders make it this far.  I should’ve been excited. I should’ve been proud. Instead, I was fucking pissed.


Chasing Dreams

Before tech, I spent a bunch of years chasing dreams from New York to Los Angeles and back. I actually worked with David Bowie!


Meeting Josh

He made me laugh, possessed the same level of drive and passion, and wasn’t afraid to take a whole bunch of risks with me.


Planting the Early Seeds

Early partners who have a genuine interest in where you're from, what's was driving you, and your vision for the future are the key to success.


Learning All the Jobs

No founder wants to do accounting, but we have to. It's time to learn all of the jobs (and become be a better founder because of it).


Hiring the First Crew

Hiring people is scary. Especially the first few people. It feels so “make or break.” Because for startups, it really is.


Landing the Pivotal Deals

The risks were starting to pay off. We were finally in the perfect position to sign a client that would (hopefully) change everything.


Surviving the Epic Fuckups

We knew it wasn't going to be all rainbows and ponies, but damn, we didn't know it could get this bad.


Picking (the Wrong) Investors

This decision doesn't just change the company, it changes your life. Do not underestimate the ramifications here.


Losing a Co-Founder

It’s hard to talk about everything falling apart. Our relationship, as co-founders and as BFFs, unraveled slowly. There was no seismic shift.


Taking a Fucking Break

I’d become the burned-out startup founder. I felt inadequate in every possible way. I knew something needed to change.


Starting Another Startup

I’m always coming up with really dumb business ideas. Always. I can’t stop. I own a lot of domain names. This was bound to happen.


Being a Woman in Tech in PGH

Nothing about being a founder is easy, and being a woman compounds the difficulties. If we don't speak up, nothing will change.


Building Great Partnerships

Transportation Alternative was progressive & tech-savvy. They were willing to try new stuff. They were everything I wanted in a partner.


Braving the Accelerator

I said yes to a single meeting that set a chain of events in motion. And once the ball was rolling, there was no turning back.


Wearing Blinders

I knew something wasn't right, but there was no Plan B. So I forged ahead with a stupid plan, bullheaded determination, and fake optimism.


Choosing to Fail

How the fuck did this happen? What was I going to do next?

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