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