I was always interested in entrepreneurship.
Since high school I would work on random things here and there. It was always in my blood. My dad is an entrepreneur, uncle, grandpa......I liked being my own boss and having a vision
My first company was ReTargeter, which I founded in 2009
I just knew I wanted to start something and did it. Yahoo was laying people off and I asked to get laid off. ReTargeter was a company that showed ads to people who had already visited your site.
If I were to start a company today, I'd focus on 3 things.
1) Solve a real customer need. 2) Is it fundable? This gives you more leverage. 3) Is there founder market fit? Co-founder fit? Founder-investor fit
As an angel investor, I typically invest in the entrepreneur
If you're thinking about fundraising in 2016
It's not total winter yet, but be thoughtful of your burn. Be thoughtful about getting systems in place. Know it may take longer to raise today than a year ago and valuations may be lower.
To set yourself up for success:
Build your network in a meaningful way. Be in the right places, meet the right people, keep people in the loop. Create value for others and build meaningful relationships over time
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