The person who creates an organization or a company is known as the founder. Founder is also a verb meaning "fail miserably," which is something a company's founder hopes the company will never do.

As a noun, founder means "the beginner or originator of something." You might talk about the founder of a nation, the founder of club, or the founder of a website. As a verb, founder can mean “stumble,” like when you trip and fall, but more generally it means "collapse or fall apart." A sports team might founder by slumping on a ten-game losing streak; a ship that sinks in a bad storm can be said to have foundered at sea.

Definitions of founder
  1. noun
    a person who founds or establishes some institution
    synonyms: beginner, father, founding father
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    one of a group of founders
    coloniser, colonizer
    someone who helps to found a colony
    a woman founder
    type of:
    conceiver, mastermind, originator
    someone who creates new things
  2. verb
    sink below the surface
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    type of:
    go down, go under, settle, sink
    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  3. verb
    break down, literally or metaphorically
    synonyms: break, cave in, collapse, fall in, give, give way
    abandon, give up
    stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
    burst, collapse
    cause to burst
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    go off, implode
    burst inward
    buckle, crumple
    fold or collapse
    fall loosely
    curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
    sink, slide down, slump
    fall or sink heavily
    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    fail utterly; collapse
    “The project foundered
    synonyms: fall flat, fall through, flop
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    type of:
    fail, go wrong, miscarry
    be unsuccessful
  5. verb
    stumble and nearly fall
    “the horses foundered
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    type of:
    stumble, trip
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
  6. noun
    a worker who makes metal castings
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    bell founder
    a person who casts metal bells
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
  7. noun
    inflammation of the laminated tissue that attaches the hoof to the foot of a horse
    synonyms: laminitis
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    type of:
    inflammation, redness, rubor
    a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat
Commonly confused words

flounder / founder

To flounder is to struggle, but to founder is to sink like a stone and fail. Both are fun as nouns, not so fun as verbs.

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