Happy to share wisdom to support you and your entrepreneurship endeavors per interview at the Startup Summit Conference at NC State with George Deeb, Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures. Always remember the importance of starting with a good product that is proven and validated showing the products works and is appreciated by others. Secondly, demonstrate the product and business is scale-able and can grow in a profitable way. Investors are not just investing in a product or idea, but rather want to invest in a product that has already lit a fire and heating up so they can help make it become a big bright fire to light the world.
Some key traits to succeed in start-ups= Be smart. Show you know your product, market, and have done the research. Additionally, be persistent. Persevere! Show you have the fortitude to get through hard times and march on! Be like a rhino and plow through! Lastly, be a good listener and show that you are open to ideas and adjusting. Be flexible!
Here is video to help capture the essence of this wisdom. Hope you enjoy.