VC Minute – quick advice to help startup founders fundraise better.
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One of the things that I’ve also done and gotten a lot of enjoyment out of is mentoring in the Techstars program. which means that every year I’m meeting with a lot of CEOs and founders, and they all think that they want to talk to me about pricing, go-to-market strategies, or whatever’s going on right now for them.
But really, what they want to talk about when we get into it is, “How do I start to feel better inside? When does the fear go away? When do things cool down for me?”
Another message that I want to offer to your listeners is that I want to give them permission to have these kinds of conversations.
There’s a lot of feeling out there. There’s a lot of conversation out there, and the general sense is that if I’m a businessperson, a CEO, or an entrepreneur, I have to put on my coat of armor every day, and I’ve got to put on my battle mask, and I have to not show any vulnerability. I’ve got to be serious all the time, and I’ve got to be really ambitious, a go-getter, a type A, and…
That’s kind of a toxic myth about what it means to be an entrepreneur.
My invitation to people is to be thoughtful and reflective and to understand what’s really going on within them. to take the time to explore your own personal motivations and situations. Find resources and support and have the right conversations when you need to.
And the first commitment to that is simply a commitment to being open and vulnerable and sharing what’s going on. We’re really committed to building this community around that. The Conscious Entrepreneur Summit is the only in-person conference that is 100% dedicated to the wellbeing of entrepreneurs. We’re putting it together for the second time on June 7th and 8th, 2023, in Boulder, Colorado.
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