Published on October 31, 2013
An entrepreneurs journey the good, bad, and the awesome! Steve Jennings Halloween 2013
1969: I was 9 years old when this happened
1969: this was happening
1969: and so was this
1969: and I saw this man play live (by accident)
1969: An obsession (according to my Mum)
The internet did not exist
My journey as an entrepreneur
Steve Jennings entrepreneur journey ? 2010-11 2000-01 1991-99 2002-05 2001-02 2012 2006-09 2006 2001 2010 2007 55% valuation growth 2009 2013
If there’s something you need to do DO IT
Allow yourself to be a beginner, a learner
Naturally we are scientists and explorers
We’re equipped to prototype with whatever we have
Create a company that feels like play
Play is a human super power
Create conditions in which no one is vulnerable
Create a company that can offer people jobs that are meaningful
Not all jobs are created equal
Spend your life around people you resonate with
You will pivot, be prepared to kill your darling
Your founder team are everything
Treat the people that use the product you make as a community
They’re not users or customers, they are your neighbors
Choose your investors wisely
Don’t just take the money
Invest in yourself
Believe in yourself
Seek connections between the world’s needs and your strengths
Don’t talk about what you invented. Tell people what you changed!
Bake your value system into your business plan
Build the company that you wouldn’t sell
1. I will get outside the building
2. I will test my assumptions
3. I will measure what matters
4. I will be flexible and pivot
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