Find Your Vector of Impact

Title: Find Your Vector of Impact
Date: 2012-02-15
Speaker: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (JOYUS)
Link: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
If there is one thing an entrepreneur is meant to do it is rub two sticks together and make fire.
It is all about getting started.
An object at rest stays in rest. An object in motion continues in motion.
Your first goal as an entrepreneur is to get started.
The act of commitment is not about thinking about it in your head. It is about leaning forward and taking that first step.
The simple act of involving someone else with what is inside your head is the point at which you start being an entrepreneur.
If the decisions were easy they would be easily made.Start.
The most precious thing (college students) have right now is the opportunity to go do it for the first time.
Part of the journey of great entrepreneurs is how you manage and lead in between.
The key if you want to be a founder is, “are you a product prophet?”
You can think big or you can think small. It takes the same amount of energy.
If you’re going to lean in lean in all the way.
Data is imperfect. For a founder it is nonexistent.
There is no perfect data. There is no perfect gut.
Gut is informed intuition.
Your company most of all reflects you.
Build a team who can challenge who you are.
It is all about understanding who you are and what can complement that.
Be the best version of yourself.
Speed is not to be confused with market timing.
Market conditions change. Your ability as an entrepreneur to react to those changes might be what makes the difference on running out of money.
Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Know your trademark strength.
There are many paths to being a founder. The shortest path is to be a master of your trade.
If you can’t hire the person you want hire the number two of the person you want.
Really smart and talented people often have big egos. That is okay. You want to watch on how much the ego drives the conversation.
Startups are a contact sport. They are a high contact sport in a small arena.
If the decisions were easy they would be easily made.
Starting a company (with somebody else) is like a marriage.
You want to go in (to deciding who to partner with or hire) with as much data as possible.
The single biggest characteristic of an entrepreneur is one foot in front of the other.
When all else fails you’ve got to hang on and persist.
The most important thing you’re going to take with you, besides your trademark strength, is your reputation.