Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurship’
In the last six weeks we have:
- invalidated our previous business model (email API – a cool idea that I couldn’t figure out how to make into a business)
- validated a huge opportunity in identifying, nurturing, and closing high value passive candidates and began product development to attack that opportunity
- interviewed over 40 recruiters and other knowledgable people in the HR tech space
- built an awesome and relevant startup advisory board consisting of the CTO of one of the biggest ad agencies in the world, an entrepreneur who sold her HR tech startup to Oracle, the founder of a leading sales & marketing analytics company backed by Sequoia, and the COO of the leading marketplace for technical on demand workforces
- found an awesome summer intern (MSCS at Cornell with a focus in machine learning)
- experienced many disappointments!
Despite all of that it still doesn’t feel like we’re moving fast enough.
If you fold at the first un-returned email what hope do you have as an entrepreneur? As an entrepreneur, people aren’t going to respond to you and it’s your responsibility to politely and assertively stay on people’s radar screen. You no longer work for Google, Oracle, Salesforce.com or McKinsey where everybody calls you back. You had no idea how important that brand name was until you left it behind. Your customers don’t care that you went to Standford, Harvard or MIT. It’s just you now. And frankly if you went to a state college in Florida you’re at no disadvantage in the tenacity column. Persistence will pay off.