ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

In today’s digital world, computers, smartphones, virtual reality and cloud-based technologies have changed the business landscape tremendously. Regardless of the industry you’re in, people are known to hide behind big desks and choose to communicate via emails, online chats or social networks rather than picking up the phone and dialing a number. No judging, but the modern era has shifted our behaviour towards a less personal approach in everything we do. Now, imagine being part of a tech startup like ConnectiD where the nature of the business is woven in the latest tech trends. Even though we’re all on ConnectiD and constantly speaking via Skype, Slack, WhatsApp, you name it, we still cherish the “human-side” of our projects and try to gather us all in one place as often as possible.

 

This month, ConnectiD is officially launching Super-preneur of the month, a new Blog section fully dedicated to entrepreneurs, business men and women, mompreneurs or any other courageous people that are not afraid to step up and speak about the challenges, risks and opportunities they’ve faced across time when running their companies.

 

For over two months, we’ve been attending AMAs and open talks on GrowthHackers, MediumProductHunt, connecting with some of the most inspiring influencers across the world asking questions about their past business experiences and to give us and our audience a few tips for starting something of your own. April kickstarts this new project with a 5 mini-interview series where our attendees responded to the same set of questions. It’s fascinating to see the differences and similarities in their answers, perhaps you could discover the right pattern or recipe for what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur from this?

 

 

P.S. Starting from May ConnectiD will introduce new figures monthly recognised both in London and worldwide scenes, which we feel are worthy to be called “Super-preneur of the month”. Follow us @ConnectiDme and ConnectiDApp on Facebook to find out more about our first Super-preneur.  

 

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We see start-ups failing/exiting the market every day. What have been your biggest challenges to date?

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Realising that my biggest hurdle is my own hubris.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Going through a law suit for trademark infringement in my first 4 months of business when I started Foundr.

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“In tactical sense, keeping up with email is my biggest challenge.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“There’s no single “biggest challenge” I’d point to. The hardest part of doing a startup (for me, this time around) is simply the overwhelmingly large # of issues that require attention on any given day. I find most issues can be solved if they get adequate attention, but man, it can be really hard to find enough time.”

What would be your piece of advice for a new start-up to get press coverage before a conference like these two?

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“In my experience, companies send out terrifying quantities of email to journalists that are attending, or helping to host events. It’s so much that I honestly gave up trying to care about it. What normally caught my eye were day-of tweets from interesting sounding companies who wanted 5 minutes of my time. It didn’t work every time, but it worked better than most anything else.” 

What would be the single biggest indicator to you that you are doing the right thing?

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Feel pretty certain that I won’t kill myself that day.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Market traction and feedback from our community”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“The biggest single indicator that I was doing the right thing when I started my career is that Steve Jobs wasn’t screaming at me.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Happy customers using your product and/or paying you money.”

For someone looking to embark on their own start-up journey, what tips could you offer?

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Talk to a lot of people about your idea. Not for feedback, but for reaction. Make lots of friends. Don’t ask for money too early. Believe that if a punk high school kid can build a company and sell it to Yahoo! that you can too. Remember that we live in a collaborative community, not a group of cut-throat assholes. Just find your place within that community.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Ship often, and speak to people that know their stuff and learn as much as you can.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“My biggest tips for young people: never ask people to do something you wouldn’t do; whenever your boss asks you to do something, drop everything else and do it; understand that your job is to make your boss look good. 

You do these three things, and you’ll go far in life.”

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“Short answer: good luck dude! Longer answer: I could think up a lot of tips, but you have to be careful because like many entrepreneurs, I have a small # of companies and experiences I use to draw out my learnings. However, here are a few things I’d encourage a would-be founder to think about: 

Startups are a hard way to make a buck, so if you’re in it for the money, you should make sure you’re expected value calculations are right

Make sure you’ve got deep conviction about what you’re doing, because you’ll need conviction when you start building something from nothing

Life will be easier if you pick a big market that has some shifts happening inside it.”

 

What could possibly persuade you to write about a tech startup ?

ConnectiD is launching Super-preneur of the month

“When I was covering startups — I now cover the broader startup industry — companies that were willing to share the most were the most interesting. If you are willing to actually answer questions about revenue, and margins, and so forth, you are far more interesting to speak to. Companies that over-media trained their executives were the worst, and least interesting. I can spot a canned messaging response about 94 miles away. And I walk the other direction.”

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