How a Professor Turned an Idea Into a Multi-Million Dollar Company
A college professor says he grew frustrated with the outdated training material used in the digital media department, so he decided to create his own. Now, he's the creative force behind the largest e-learning library for professionals.
In Chapter 12 of 14 in his 2012 interview, Internet entrepreneur Joe Stump, after raising money for three companies, advising a venture capital firm and investing his own money in three companies, shares what he has learned about startup investing. He describes the portfolio theory approach VC firms take and how as an entrepreneur he has learned to compete as a portfolio firm. He learns the mechanics of angel, seed, series A and series B investing and how to negotiate contract terms.
In Chapter 6 of 12 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Anatole Faykin talks about the massive amount of uncertainty starting and growing a company and managing the adverse climate that comes with that. He notes how Internet startups operate in a fluid, fast changing market that requires quick adaptation to changing market conditions. He shares how a fast changing environment requires short term, incremental goals along with being open-minded for change and new opportunities.
In Chapter 7 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "What Has Bootstrapping a Startup Taught You About Doing More With Less?" Bootstrap financing his startup teaches McKenzie to get creative with limited resources. It forces him not to be lazy and to make the most fewer financial resources, for example when getting publicity and marketing his business. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder and Global Curator of Influencer Conference.
The Future of Media Consumption, Measurement, and Platforms Re-thinking Measurement and Effectiveness of Media in a Digital Age with NYU director of research, E. Craig Stacey. This half-day L2 clinic helps managers navigate seismic shifts in technology, media, and consumer behavior to build robust media plans for their brands that are dynamic in nature and ROI accountable.
In Chapter 6 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, business school professor Ben Hallen notes that while studying computer graphics and software engineering, he connects interest in participating in the Internet with providing advice to young DC-based entrepreneurs. He soon finds himself working as the CTO in the startup while finishing his masters before committing full time to the startup.
In Chapter 14 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Does It Mean to Perform Under Pressure in the Work That You Do?" As CEO of a venture capital-backed startup that has raised over $17 million dollars in financing, he notes that the work environment is intense and the investor expectations are high. He looks to hire employees who thrive under pressure and meet the company's "FACE" values-fearlessness, authenticity, collaboration, and empowerment.
In Chapter 9 of 15 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin answers "What Leadership Skills Are Becoming More Relevant to You As Your Career Progresses?" Rubin shares how his startup, Indiegogo, has grown from 15 to 60 employees in the year between his 2012 Year 3 interview and this Year 4 interview. Rubin notes how it no longer is about individual work but rather empowering new leaders to make decisions in a supportive structure that uses relevant business processes.
In Chapter 1 of 17 in his 2012 interview, London entrepreneur and Moo.com CEO Richard Moross answers "What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do?" Moross finds reward working with his colleagues, channeling his passion in its product and doing so all the while learning new business skills. Collectively, the people, passion, and purpose allow him to tie his curiosity and expression to creating value in the world. Moross is founder and CEO of Moo.com and a leader in the London startup scene.