Mind Your Career: Your First Tech Startup? What You Need to Know.

Half of the skills valued by mature companies will be helpful for your tech startup, and the other half could kill it. Learn which is which from 4 time tech founder, advisory board member, pitch judge, and big company refugee, Stuart Schaefer MBA ‘92.

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A tech startup is not a small version of a big company. A tech startup is a temporary organization designed to find a scalable, repeatable business model (adapted from The Startup Owner’s Manual). 

That’s a profound difference, but fortunately for you, this basic theory is the start of a new way of working out business issues that will dramatically increase your odds of success as a founder, or as a company trying to do business with tech startups.

Join us to hear from alumnus, Stuart Schaefer, who will explain, for example, if someone tells you they have a 4 year old startup you should be skeptical (biotech and a few oddballs excepted), because they may not have figured out they have a 2 year old startup followed by a 2 year old failed company. This talk will help you make good use of the first 2 critical years and avoid this unhappy outcome.

Also, fortunately for you, we just covered all the theory needed to start the mindset adjustment that will significantly increase the odds of startup success. Unfortunately for you, this is like learning a new sport and the theory will only take you so far. You will need time on the court practicing, and you need to hear as many stories as possible on how others learned to adapt to the temporary and chaotic nature of tech startups. This talk will be full of stories and pragmatic lessons. Unless you are already a serial tech entrepreneur, this talk is guaranteed to serve up some surprises.

Stuart Schaefer, full time MBA ‘92 worked 20 years in consumer products, so often coloring outside the lines of big company defined roles (in a good way), that he finally worked his way into an M&A role at P&G focusing on trading intellectual properties (patents, startup companies, know-how). The constant exposure to inventors and startups finally lit a fire for tech startups that caused Stuart to leave P&G to pursue startups on his own for the last 9 years. Along the way he has (co)-founded 4 companies, dated more than a few startup ideas, had an exit, had a couple of failures (some great stories here), and has mentored dozens of startups on boards of advisors, NSF I-Corps, and as a pitch competition judge.

Continue the Conversation

If you want to connect with fellow webinar participants post-event, we offer Continue the Conversation.  You can spend one ten-minute online conversation with an alum who shares your entrepreneurial side or up to 6 individual conversations by registering here.




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