Pleased to share with you "Startup And Entrepreneurship Advice" from David Gardner at Cofounders Capital taken at the Startup Summit NC at NC State. In this interview David shares key wisdom with you on being successful when approaching VCs and what traits are key to be successful. If you can be humble, open minded, and show a lot of hustle with productive activity and be coach-able along the way then you have a better chance to make it. Focus on being a great communicator and be open to pivot too! Remember, it's ok to fail and make mistakes along the way. Fall forward and get back up like the Chinese proverb, "Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight". Enjoy!
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.
Happy to share advice to support you and your startup plus entrepreneurship endeavors per interview at the Startup Summit Conference at NC State with Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President of Valencell. Always remember the importance of a good team, shared passions and goals, and leverage the infrastructure around you to support your endeavors. Lastly one key trait to succeed and push through is to have "No Fear" or as Dr. LeBoeuf says, have "No Shame" per being willing to humble yourself and do whatever it takes to ask for help or seek what you are after and make the call, email, or "ask". Don't be shy. Go for it! You have nothing to lose and only to gain. Like the famous quote from hockey great Wayne Gretsky, "The only bad shot is the shot I didn't take". You can do it!
We just concluded the Startup Summit Conference at North Carolina State University. It was an exciting day of over 20+ speakers with over 200+ people in attendance. A great interactive and educational conference featuring keynotes and panelists from top entrepreneurs, innovators, and executives here in Research Triangle Park.
The conference provided a great opportunity to meet people in the startup, venture, and tech world with crash courses taught by experts on important topics faced throughout the startup journey. Plus, during breaks the conference featured the "Consulting Corner" with a team of pros in various areas including sales, hiring, marketing, business intelligence, and funding offering 1v1 advice. The Startup Summit educated, inspired, and connected hundreds of startup minded people and founders from all over the region. A great day to learn and apply key insights needed to be successful.
A huge special thanks to all the speakers for their time and sharing great advice. You can see all the kind speakers who contributed and made this conference possible along with the super sponsors here: http://startupsummitnc.com/schedule/ Enclosed are some wisdom points shared throughout the day from our keynotes David Gardner, Donald Thompson, and Jason Williamson to recap for you some key learnings:
*“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Overall a great conference thanks to the speakers, sponsors, experts, and NC State for hosting. A Big Thank you to Mark Bavisotto, Brooke Nivens, and Kristin Gabriele from the Startup Summit NC team to help make this conference come alive!
Tonight The Hesburgh Lecture Series hosted Fr. Oliver F. Williams, CSC, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business in the Mendoza College of Business. He discussed, "Can You Do Well While Doing Good?"
As shared in the event post, many believe that business ethics is an oxymoron. Following the spirit of the famous line, “an ambassador is an honest man lying abroad for the good of his country,”some business leaders conduct their operations as if the bottom line is the only concern. Is it possible to do well while doing good? Fr. Oliver Williams discussed many examples such as 3M, Sumitomo, and Novartis, and how it's possible for a business manager to exhibit superior performance in business and yet be a model of virtue and ethical values. It was a great night of networking and an engaging talk. Here are some wisdom points shared to help educate and enlighten you:
Tonight Vince Beese led the "Triangle Revenue Exchange" event and presented on "What Best Sellers do - Connect, Convince, Collaborate to Close". Vince focused on the dynamic changes in sales today and how the top performers are setting themselves up for success by mapping to the customer journey. This topic was relevant for anyone looking to learn more about making an impact with customers. It was a great event hosted by Smashing Boxes located in Downtown Durham. Here is a recap of top wisdom points shared:
Convince = Why you? Why your benefit outweighs any risk. Convince you are the best solution for their needs. Know what your customer cares about and address. (Cost, Time, Efficiency, ROI). Key in convincing stage is the assure them the RISK is worth it. Give piece of mind!
Close = Understand there is a difference between closing the sale and closing the deal. Closing the sale is getting the yes I want to work with you. Then closing the deal is getting the signing of agreement to execute on partnership. Best sellers stay in the loop to get the sale across the finish line to execution and seeing it through.
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