THE GAPHow to not suck as an early stage founder   aka FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT           Vijay Nathan       Co-founder & ...
Who am I?
Who am I?
Don’t Listen to Me!
Don’t Listen to Me!     Not funded
Don’t Listen to Me!     Not funded    I still make $0
Don’t Listen to Me!             Not funded            I still make $0VCs don’t want to get in my pants (yet)
Don’t Listen to Me!             Not funded            I still make $0VCs don’t want to get in my pants (yet)Yesterday, I p...
BUT THE ONE THING   I DO HAVE IS
PERSPECTIVE
Building the largest online community for cooks           from around the world to:
Building the largest online community for cooks                from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from a...
Building the largest online community for cooks                from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from a...
Building the largest online community for cooks                from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from a...
Whatyou learnin school
Whatyou learnin school       Day 1      Minute 1
Whatyou learnin school       Day 1       When you      Minute 1      can really                   apply what              ...
Whatyou learnin school                         YAY!       Day 1       When you      Minute 1      can really              ...
What                 THE GAPyou learnin school                                   YAY!       Day 1                 When you...
IT SUX.
5 THINGS TO HELP YOUBRIDGE THE GAP
1   Be a sponge, and start NOW
1   Be a sponge, and start NOW    Read everything (for now)
1   Be a sponge, and start NOW      Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room          (but don’t l...
1    Be a sponge, and start NOW        Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room            (but do...
1    Be a sponge, and start NOW        Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room            (but do...
2   Perfect your pitch
2   Perfect your pitchIf I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentence
2   Perfect your pitchIf I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentence
2   Perfect your pitch   If I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentenceCONCISE     NO JARGON         MAKE IT REPEATABLE
LET’S TRY IT
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building    Become a familiar face at events
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building    Become a familiar face at events              Meetup.com                Twitter
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building    Become a familiar face at events              Meetup.com                Twitter
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building    Become a familiar face at events              Meetup.com                Twitter    ...
3   Get out of the F$&%#*G building    Become a familiar face at events              Meetup.com                Twitter    ...
4   Focus on incremental progress
4   Focus on incremental progress
5   #HUSTLEORDIE
5   #HUSTLEORDIE
5   #HUSTLEORDIE       Work harder
5   #HUSTLEORDIE       Work harder      Work smarter
5   #HUSTLEORDIE       Work harder      Work smarter      Want it more
5   #HUSTLEORDIE                  Work harder                 Work smarter                 Want it moreOtherwise, someone ...
5   #HUSTLEORDIE                  Work harder                 Work smarter                 Want it moreOtherwise, someone ...
5 things to help you bridge the gap     1   Be a sponge, and start NOW     2   Perfect your pitch     3   Get out of the F...
ResourcesBooks                                            AppsThe Lean Startup by Eric Ries                    Pen & paper...
Get in touch Vijay Nathanvijay@myreci.com @VijayRNathan
Entrepreneurship @ Cornell - How Not To Suck As A First Time Founder
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A talk I gave on 4/18 at Cornell on what it's like to be an early stage founder and "The Gap" between what it's like on Day 1 Minute ! and

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  • Entrepreneurship @ Cornell - How Not To Suck As A First Time Founder

    1. 1. THE GAPHow to not suck as an early stage founder aka FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT Vijay Nathan Co-founder & CEO of MyReci MBA ’11 @VijayRNathan #eship12
    2. 2. Who am I?
    3. 3. Who am I?
    4. 4. Don’t Listen to Me!
    5. 5. Don’t Listen to Me! Not funded
    6. 6. Don’t Listen to Me! Not funded I still make $0
    7. 7. Don’t Listen to Me! Not funded I still make $0VCs don’t want to get in my pants (yet)
    8. 8. Don’t Listen to Me! Not funded I still make $0VCs don’t want to get in my pants (yet)Yesterday, I put my boxers on backwards
    9. 9. BUT THE ONE THING I DO HAVE IS
    10. 10. PERSPECTIVE
    11. 11. Building the largest online community for cooks from around the world to:
    12. 12. Building the largest online community for cooks from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from anywhere in one place
    13. 13. Building the largest online community for cooks from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from anywhere in one place Discover new inspiration from other cooks
    14. 14. Building the largest online community for cooks from around the world to:Collect all of your recipes from anywhere in one place Discover new inspiration from other cooksShare their food & cooking experiences with the world
    15. 15. Whatyou learnin school
    16. 16. Whatyou learnin school Day 1 Minute 1
    17. 17. Whatyou learnin school Day 1 When you Minute 1 can really apply what you’ve learned
    18. 18. Whatyou learnin school YAY! Day 1 When you Minute 1 can really apply what you’ve learned
    19. 19. What THE GAPyou learnin school YAY! Day 1 When you Minute 1 can really apply what you’ve learned
    20. 20. IT SUX.
    21. 21. 5 THINGS TO HELP YOUBRIDGE THE GAP
    22. 22. 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW
    23. 23. 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW Read everything (for now)
    24. 24. 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room (but don’t let anyone know)
    25. 25. 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room (but don’t let anyone know) Get on Twitter & start listening
    26. 26. 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW Read everything (for now)Be the most informed person in the room (but don’t let anyone know) Get on Twitter & start listening Industry leaders Influential people in your area Entrepreneurs you respect Cool companies People you want to meet some day Competitors
    27. 27. 2 Perfect your pitch
    28. 28. 2 Perfect your pitchIf I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentence
    29. 29. 2 Perfect your pitchIf I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentence
    30. 30. 2 Perfect your pitch If I can’t understand what you do in 1 sentenceCONCISE NO JARGON MAKE IT REPEATABLE
    31. 31. LET’S TRY IT
    32. 32. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building
    33. 33. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building Become a familiar face at events
    34. 34. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building Become a familiar face at events Meetup.com Twitter
    35. 35. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building Become a familiar face at events Meetup.com Twitter
    36. 36. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building Become a familiar face at events Meetup.com Twitter ABDC
    37. 37. 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building Become a familiar face at events Meetup.com Twitter ABDC A lways Be D eveloping C ustomers
    38. 38. 4 Focus on incremental progress
    39. 39. 4 Focus on incremental progress
    40. 40. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE
    41. 41. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE
    42. 42. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE Work harder
    43. 43. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE Work harder Work smarter
    44. 44. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE Work harder Work smarter Want it more
    45. 45. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE Work harder Work smarter Want it moreOtherwise, someone else will eat your lunch.
    46. 46. 5 #HUSTLEORDIE Work harder Work smarter Want it moreOtherwise, someone else will eat your lunch. RobGo.org
    47. 47. 5 things to help you bridge the gap 1 Be a sponge, and start NOW 2 Perfect your pitch 3 Get out of the F$&%#*G building 4 Focus on incremental progress 5 #HUSTLEORDIE
    48. 48. ResourcesBooks AppsThe Lean Startup by Eric Ries Pen & paperDo More Faster by Brad Feld Balsamiq (Wireframing)Venture Deals by Brad Feld PhotoshopHow to Win Friends by Dale Carnegie Squarespace or WordpressBlogsAVC.com - VC perspective, current eventsVentureHacks.com - fundraising, networking, how to play the gameBothSidesOfTheTable.com - entrepreneur turned VCViniciusVacanti.com - first time entrepreneurEladGill.com - experienced entrepreneurFeld.com - Honest, straightforward, current, respectedAll of the e-ship blogs I read: http://bit.ly/I4tGQp
    49. 49. Get in touch Vijay Nathanvijay@myreci.com @VijayRNathan

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