I tend to reflect on my experience and attempt to make meaning of it. Wanting to be of value to entrepreneurs as I serve as coach and mentor at Startup Weekend Blacksburg has moved me to contemplate my time as an entrepreneur. What of meaning and value can I offer my fellow entrepreneurs?
Handshake 2.0 launched on July 28, 2008. Since then I have been co-founder of a second start-up – failed and its corporation dissolved - and am now co-founder of a third start-up, my first with funding, this one through a friends and family round. Three start-ups in four years is crazy. So I am not a credible source on the "why" of entrepreneurship.
On the "how" of entrepreneurship, those four years have offered massive lessons. I share links to posts I have written about what I have learned. I am the beneficiary of countless hours of support, advice and mentorship from a network of professionals unsurpassed in expertise. I share a selection of their posts as well.
And at the end, a cartoon.
By Other Authors
Birth of an Entrepreneur, Z. Kelly Queijo
Advice to Entrepreneurs from Manisha Singal, founder of pre-Amazon.com online bookstore in India
When Is it Time to Turn Off a Start-up?, Jim Flowers
Advice to Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding
Three Fundamental Tools in the Fund-raising Toolbox , Mike Drzal
3 No-Nos for Pitches, Rebecca Conner
Advice for Start-ups Seeking Outside Investment, Ryan Hagan
Joke by Anne Giles Clelland, made exponentially funny via cartoon by Kelsey Sarles.
Jim Flowers, Mike Drzal, Rebecca Conner and Z. Kelly Queijo are from organizations that are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.