Un-trepreneurship - My struggle with being an accidental entrepreneur
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Just my story on how I got to do what I am doing, how I didn't actually want to start my business, how I had basically no choice, and jumped and did it. Outlining how I kept to my beliefs, how......

Just my story on how I got to do what I am doing, how I didn't actually want to start my business, how I had basically no choice, and jumped and did it. Outlining how I kept to my beliefs, how that got difficult as I got bigger, and how I eventually got peaceful with the fact that scale isn't a bad thing.

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  • 1. The case for not scaling Wil Reynolds Associate @wilreynolds
  • 2. My PATH @wilreynolds
  • 3. Make this matter @wilreynolds
  • 4. To this kid @wilreynolds
  • 5. Helping people to grow… @wilreynolds
  • 6. Rocket ship Startup Fail Fortune 500 Fail @wilreynolds
  • 7. Volunteering @wilreynolds
  • 8. I missed the kids (not the parents) @wilreynolds
  • 9. Me: Can I work through my lunch? @wilreynolds
  • 10. @wilreynolds
  • 11. 30 months, 30 knocks, 0 interviews, Desired salary: 48k @wilreynolds
  • 12. I quit. @wilreynolds
  • 13. I had no choice @wilreynolds
  • 14. st 1 Call @wilreynolds
  • 15. Entrepreneur, bleh @wilreynolds
  • 16. Associate @wilreynolds
  • 17. Entrepreneur @wilreynolds
  • 18. Untrepreneur @wilreynolds
  • 19. ACCIDENTAL Entrepreneur @wilreynolds
  • 20. @wilreynolds
  • 21. My Compass @wilreynolds
  • 22. My QUIRKS @wilreynolds
  • 23. Self-Righteous @wilreynolds 23
  • 24. “Never get over 10 people” @wilreynolds 24
  • 25. Know my team @wilreynolds 25
  • 26. Out Care my competitors @wilreynolds 26
  • 27. We are not getting over 15 @wilreynolds 27
  • 28. Soul Searching @wilreynolds
  • 29. Growth vs Care @wilreynolds
  • 30. Got sick of saying “NO” @wilreynolds
  • 31. Growth “Grow” Let’s vs Care @wilreynolds
  • 32. So I scaled @wilreynolds
  • 33. Growth “Grow” Let’s vs Care @wilreynolds
  • 34. break First thing to … Promises + Processes @wilreynolds
  • 35. The Pain of Building non-scalable processes @wilreynolds
  • 36. Running into Walls, no planning @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  • 37. Hired Finance @ 5.2 Million @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  • 38. Hired HR @ 58 employees @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  • 39. Hired IT @ 63 employees @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattmendoza
  • 40. My TEAM @wilreynolds
  • 41. Showering w/ My Team @wilreynolds
  • 42. Over communicate CARE @wilreynolds
  • 43. Instilling in your leaders the importance of TEAM @wilreynolds
  • 44. You can scale caring @wilreynolds 44
  • 45. When’s the last time you did something for … @wilreynolds
  • 46. My NUMBERS @wilreynolds
  • 47. The day 10% mattered @wilreynolds
  • 48. 3 Tips for Accidental Entrepreneurs @wilreynolds
  • 49. Be a student…forever, be open to learning @wilreynolds
  • 50. First Rodeo @wilreynolds
  • 51. Be a student…forever @wilreynolds
  • 52. Be a student…forever @wilreynolds
  • 53. The one piece of advice everyone says… @wilreynolds
  • 54. Work on the business instead of in the business @wilreynolds
  • 55. @wilreynolds http://www.flickr.com/photos/61053765@N00/39717370 82
  • 56. Work on what makes you happy @wilreynolds
  • 57. Hire someone who’s happy place is “on” the business @wilreynolds
  • 58. On vs In @wilreynolds
  • 59. 2002 – 2008-80% in / 20% on 2009 – 2012-20% in / 80% on 2013 – Beyond – 50/50 @wilreynolds
  • 60. Growth is a retention strategy @wilreynolds
  • 61. Volunteer your time, keep your “problems” in check @wilreynolds
  • 62. About me. Wil Reynolds Founder @wilreynolds facebook.com/wilreynolds wilr@seerinteractive.com