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RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs to entrepreneurs: My biggest regret was not having the confidence to get going earlier [Audio]

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 15, 2012 08:34 AM

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Last Saturday was the second annual edition of RamenCamp, a conference that focuses on boot-strapping techniques, mainly for software, mobile, and Internet businesses. One of the best sessions that I caught — and I was only there for a few hours — was a fireside chat featuring RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs. (He was interviewed by Jeff Seibert, another entrepreneur. Jeff is on the left in the photo, Jacobs on the right.)

A snippet of audio is below. Among the things Jacobs discusses:

- Starting a company as an MBA who doesn't write code.

- Hiring people at different stages in a startup's evolution.

- Some of the biggest lessons he has learned in starting his first company.

- Building a nimble culture where employees can make fast decisions, even without having perfect information.

- Scaling at the right pace after you've raised funding.

- His biggest regret: "Not having the confidence to get going earlier. I was 30 or 31 when I started my first company."

- Jacobs: "Figure out what are you really passionate about. If you could solve any problem, what would it be? Once you find it, don't wait."

- Is location important? (IE, doing a startup in Boston vs. Silicon Valley)

The audio runs for about 12 minutes. Hit play below, or the "mp3" link to download it for later listening.

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