You might wonder who inspires me as an entrepreneur and a writer.
There are many, but one person is Mark Suster. He is a previous two time entrepreneur – sold his last company to Salesforce – and is now an investor and has been with with Upfront Ventures for about 6 or 7 years.
He’s great because he views startups from both the investor AND the founder perspectives, hence he writes at Both Sides Of The Table. His straightforward tone and no BS attitude is something I have taken to my own words. Like him I feel truth, honesty and controversial topics should be embraced by an influencer. Ya’ll deserve it.
To get an idea of who Mark is, here’s a recent interview with Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily.
If you are an entrepreneur I suggest sitting back and taking some notes. It’s long, but chock full of gems.
This is an interview with Brian Chesky, founder and CEO of Airbnb. They survived years of challenges, brokeness and despair before they hit a growth phase on their way to a now $2 billion+ valued company. If you are not familar, Airbnb allows anyone to rent out a room or their entire home to a stranger. No one would do that, right?
Wrong. They are growing like crazy right now. Simply amazing. It’s a long interview but VERY worth it. A few things I took from the interview:
- Create something a hundred people will love, not something 1 million people will kind of like.
- Do whatever you can to survive. Just when you think it’s over your answer will present itself.
- Love what you do and do it world class. They chose to maximize their unique culture and be great at design. Doing that will attract the right people.