Entrepreneurs often begin their journey as lonely people, taking every risk on their own and fighting hard to figure out solutions to all their problems on their own. With the increase phenomena of startup failure within its first few years, the lone path is no longer an option for anyone. Hence, better strategies to achieve entrepreneurial success are gradually taking the front stage and proving to be valuable resources for entrepreneurs. Here’s what Jeremy had to tell us on alternative resources that could impact entrepreneurs and startups positively.
Mentors are great for offering experience and advice, and I would encourage anyone, whether they are an entrepreneur or not, to have at least one he said. But because of their age and experience, mentors are often far removed from the day-to-day realities and challenges that a young entrepreneur is facing. This is why it is also critical to have community – a large group of peers who are working on a range of projects that may be similar or completely different from one another. Good community serves as a sounding board, informal group therapy and even just social friends to hang out with outside of work.
Two communities that I recommend for entrepreneurs are StartingBloc and the Hive Global Leaders Program. They begin with an institutional experience that helps participants to dig deep into themselves and understand why they do what they do, and also offers opportunities to get feedback on professional challenges and have deep connections with other participants. Following that, participants are part of a global network that they can call on in their times of need.
More so, the problems most entrepreneurs face can easily be resolved in these communities through interactions. They can get to learn the reasons why others in the same space are taking certain decisions instead of others, they can learn from their peers and avoid common mistakes and this in the long run can reduce considerable stress related to work… Read More
Jeremy Pesner is a multidisciplinary technologist, researcher and policy analyst with a Computer Science background. He has studied a wide variety of topics across technology, policy and society. He is well-practiced at aligning technological and organizational needs simultaneously, and has worked in several technology-related roles across startups, academia and government. Jeremy has spoken at venues including StartingBloc, Hackers on Planet Earth and TEDx Herndon. He is a proud member of the Jewish community, is developing his spiritual side through meditation and shamanistic practices and maintains a healthy interest and involvement with social innovation, technology startups, academic research, futurism, video games, public speaking and empowering others. You can learn more at his website: thepezman.strikingly.com.