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Startup Lessons From a First-Time Entrepreneur Who Raised $25 Million [Fortune]

Experience isn’t everything.

Entrepreneurs have a tendency to paint past failures as necessary steps toward their inevitable success. In many a Silicon Valley narrative, each misguided venture, bad decision or management mistake is rebranded a “lesson” on the path to that eventual multimillion–dollar valuation.

Here are five lessons she learned along the way:

  1. If you can’t answer the question “why isn’t there an easier way to do this?,” you may have stumbled upon a business idea.

  2. You don’t have to be a tech expert to start a tech-based business.

  3. Get comfortable asking for help and advice.

  4. Understand you can’t listen to everyone.

  5. Tap your network to market your product.

 

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Gresham Harkless Jr.

Gresham Harkless is a Media Consultant for Blue 16 Media and the Blogger-in-Chief for CEO Blog Nation. CEO Blog Nation is a community of blogs for entrepreneurs and business owners. Started in much the same way as most small businesses, CEO Blog Nation captures the essence of entrepreneurship by allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to have a voice. CEO Blog Nation provides news, information, events and even startup business tips for entrepreneurs, startups and business owners to succeed.

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