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Nuts and Bolts of New Ventures - 2024
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Session 6:
Why Do You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?;
Common Startup Mistakes

Thursday, February 1, 2024
6:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern Time, Room: 10-250

Part 1: Why Do You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?

WHY DO THIS?.   You have seen the first 5 evenings of this course and seen all the skills you will need to have or acquire in your team.  There are many moving pieces.  Do you really want to do this and if so, what do you need to prepare yourself for personally?

In this session, Bob will talk about some of the heart-breaking experiences that entrepreneurs have described to him, and will explore some of the rarely discussed emotional turmoil that's a part of this life.   He will also share the rewards that offset those negatives and keep these entrepreneurs coming back for more.   These lessons may help you through the dark days most of us have while growing a business.

Bob Jones
Bob Jones Author, Start-up advisor;
Serial Healthcare Industry Entrepreneur

Bob has started four companies and served as CEO of a company that's publicly traded on the Hong Kong exchange.  His book The Start-Up Starter Kit: How to Avoid Failing in the Crucial First Two Years is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Read his bio here.
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Video of Presentation:   
Presentation Slides:   Are You Sure You Want To Do This?

Part 2: Common Startup Mistakes

Your Idea is great.   You have good feedback from potential customers.   You are convinced that your Strategy is correct.   So how come you are having trouble raising money or attracting a team or partners?

Over and over again entrepreneurs make the same mistakes.   Experienced investors, partners, and employees are alert for the pitfalls.   This session will discuss these pitfalls, how to recognize them, and what to do about them.

Marina Hatsopoulos
Marina Hatsopoulos Founding CEO of Z Corporation
Marina Hatsopoulos was the Founding CEO of Z Corporation, an early market leader in 3D printing out of MIT.    She is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and mentor and will talk about the 10 most common mistakes she has seen made by entrepreneurs.  LinkedIn Page
Read Marina's bio here.

Video of Presentation:   
Presentation Slides:    Common Startup Mistakes


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