Thursday Jul 31, 2014 by Josh Boyle - Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz
VentureFizz is all about Entrepreneurship. It’s where anyone interested in entrepreneurship can go to explore the hottest tech companies in Boston, gain insight into latest trends, find rewarding new careers and perhaps, most importantly, pick up some much needed knowledge from like-minded people within our ecosystem.
Wanting to provide advice for budding entrepreneurs, we reached out to a few successful entrepreneurs and asked them:
“What advice would you give to an up & coming entrepreneur?”
Entrepreneurship, by nature, can be a lonely place. Always battling the odds, facing criticism and doubt, struggling with financial constraints – the list goes on. But it can also be the most rewarding journey one will ever take. And along the way, entrepreneurs seek out advice from those who have taken the journey before them.
One piece of advice I’ve received and continue to pass on is to simply be open to advice and, even more so, seek it out.
A couple weeks ago we heard from Paul English, Leo Koenig and Bryant McBride. Today, we hear from a few more who have experienced the journey of entrepreneurship.
Dennis Clark - Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Luminoso:
(Learn more about Luminoso on their BIZZpage)
Nick Zeckets - CEO & Co-Founder of QuadWrangle:“At the beginning of LearnLaunchX, a mentor posed a phenomenal question: "Nick, what do YOU want to get out of QuadWrangle." I started talking about how we'd change the world - that we'd expand the universe of philanthropy. While that's true, it wasn't about ME. I have my own very personal answer to that question now and it helps me stay focused, be more productive during the work day and, most importantly, be a better human. This startup thing is hard. If your soul doesn't know its connection to the business, your inevitably dark times could prove impossibly dark. Find YOUR center and let that drive you - the numbers will all follow.”
Doug Hurd - Co-Founder and EVP of Business Development, clypd:
“As an entrepreneur, you will experience incredible highs along with inevitable lows. You'll need a partner to lean on every step of the way. It's way more fun to celebrate the victories with someone that has been with you from the start. And if you have someone to share the lows, it sure makes things easier.
Don’t go at it alone - find a co-founder and enjoy the adventure together.”
(Learn more about clypd on their BIZZpage)
Donna Levin – Co-Founder, Care.com:
"1. Things rarely go as planned. Have a plan A, B, C and D
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Leave a comment below or tweet it to us @VentureFizz! The more advice we can spread around the better off all entrepreneurs will be!
Josh Boyle is Director of Community & Marketing, VentureFizz. You can follow him on Twitter: @jb_sid