Sometimes, we see young startup founders approach us with a special type of advisor. I call this person the Net-Negative.
This person fits this profile:
The Net-Negative is a problem for an early-stage startup. Without much startup experience, they're giving big company advice to a pre-revenue business. Their advice also optimizes for their personal win rather than the company. Bad juju all around.
I'm still at a loss as to how to work with teams that have this person involved. So far, it seems the only solution is just to walk away.