Lessons From The Trenches
The Fight to Start Your Own Company
Presentation for SEED
September 26, 2012
@kimmahan
The Resume
 Started First Web Business in 1996
 BS, Behavioral Science; MS, Information Systems,
Black Belt, CISSP
 15 ...
The Real Deal
 Born and raised in Oxon Hill, MD, working class family,
labeled ‘gifted’, troubled youth
 Father died at ...
My Entrepreneurial Journey
(so far!)
What You Care About
Makers of:
2011/2012
2013
2013 cont . . .
Lessons Learned
3 Key Questions To Ask
Yourself
Am I an Entrepreneur or
a Wantrepreneur?
(P.S. Ideas are flippin EASY)
Am I Working on the
Most Important Thing?
(Hint: Until you have customers, there are no other important things)
Am I Pitching or Catching?
(You need to do both!)
Last but not least…
 Play to your strengths
 Fix things that truly get in the way
 Surround yourself with the rest
Do Y...
Any Questions??
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  1. 1. Lessons From The Trenches The Fight to Start Your Own Company Presentation for SEED September 26, 2012 @kimmahan
  2. 2. The Resume  Started First Web Business in 1996  BS, Behavioral Science; MS, Information Systems, Black Belt, CISSP  15 Years Enterprise Technology: GE.com, Operations, Emerging Tech  Richmond Community Activist for Women/Girls in Tech  Recent Winner ‘40 Over 40’ Women To Watch Left Corporate Comfort Zone in 2011 Age: 40
  3. 3. The Real Deal  Born and raised in Oxon Hill, MD, working class family, labeled ‘gifted’, troubled youth  Father died at 18, first child 10 months later  Near-deadly car accident at 19, permanent injuries  2 more children, and 2 more failed relationships by 25  Formal education predominantly online , self-taught web design in 1995, GE career began at age 27  Values: Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Education, Perseverance Most Valuable Asset: Life Experiences Most Valuable Skill: Learning From Mistakes
  4. 4. My Entrepreneurial Journey (so far!) What You Care About
  5. 5. Makers of: 2011/2012
  6. 6. 2013
  7. 7. 2013 cont . . .
  8. 8. Lessons Learned 3 Key Questions To Ask Yourself
  9. 9. Am I an Entrepreneur or a Wantrepreneur? (P.S. Ideas are flippin EASY)
  10. 10. Am I Working on the Most Important Thing? (Hint: Until you have customers, there are no other important things)
  11. 11. Am I Pitching or Catching? (You need to do both!)
  12. 12. Last but not least…  Play to your strengths  Fix things that truly get in the way  Surround yourself with the rest Do You. And pssst . . . Have fun!!
  13. 13. Any Questions??
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