SKEMA Alumni Webinar #3 : Become an entrepreneur in the US - How to turn a dream into reality

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For SKEMA Alumni, your career matters. With this brand new program of interactive workshops, SKEMA Alumni gives you access to exclusive tools, advice and experts dedicated to assisting you with managing your career in the United States, whether you’re already working there or willing to do so.

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SKEMA Alumni Webinar #3 : Become an entrepreneur in the US - How to turn a dream into reality

  1. 1. In partnership with Becoming an entrepreneur in the US How to turn a dream into reality LIVE WEBINAR 03 April 2014 at 1pm EDT 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 1
  2. 2. CAREER MANAGEMENT Welcome ! by Fabienne Buon • For SKEMA Alumni, your career matters. With this brand new program of interactive workshops, SKEMA Alumni gives you access to exclusive tools, advice and experts dedicated to assisting you with managing your career in the United States, whether you’re already working there or willing to do so. • Several sessions happened over the school year 2013-2014, hosted and animated by our US partner Strat’America, co- founded and managed by Sylvie Giret & Laetitia Longuefosse. • Keep checking Skema Alumni’s website for upcoming dates ! 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 2
  3. 3. CAREER MANAGEMENT The speakers today Sylvie Giret An expert in the development of foreign companies and brands in the US market. Co- founder and executive partner of the US consulting firm Strat’America (www.stratamerica.com) and of Stratégies Américaines (www.strategiesamericaines.com) Mike Niemtzow A US Navy Lieutenant, Mike was a successful Wall Street investment banker for 10 years, before he took the plunge for entrepreneurship in 2012 : he’s the founder and CFO of WindowsWear (www.windowswear.com) and the President of VetMed Group (www.vetmedgroup.com), a distributor of medical supplies and equipment. 303 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  4. 4. CAREER MANAGEMENT Table of content 1. Why this webinar and what are its objectives ? 2. Dreaming… but with your eyes opened and your feet on the ground 3. Elements of methodology 4. A testimonial : Mike Niemtzow 5. Q&A 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 4
  5. 5. CAREER MANAGEMENT WHY THIS WEBINAR AND WHAT ARE ITS OBJECTIVES? INTRODUCTION 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  6. 6. CAREER MANAGEMENT DREAMING… WITH YOUR EYES OPENED AND YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND PART 2 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  7. 7. CAREER MANAGEMENT A check list for every Entrepreneur • Be clear about…  what motivates you  both your technical and soft skills  your own personality  your professional goals  your financial goals  your current financial capacity  your decision-making capacity. 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 7
  8. 8. CAREER MANAGEMENT US is the top environment for entrepreneurs among the world's 20 largest economies (E&Y 2013) 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 8
  9. 9. CAREER MANAGEMENT 10 common sources of failure (and what to do well to succeed…) • Poor market research • Bad Business Plan • Insufficient startup money • Charging too little • Poor marketing strategy • Wrong fiscal motivation • Forgetting about family • Borrowing from friends and family • Trying to do too much by yourself • Choosing a bad business location 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 9
  10. 10. CAREER MANAGEMENT The 3 key components • The Search For Product/Market Fit “Make something people want.” —Paul Graham • Manage priorities “Focus is saying no to 1,000 good ideas.” — Steve Jobs • It’s All About People “The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.” — Jack Welch Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup Lessons Learned from the rise and fall of @Sonar 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 10
  11. 11. CAREER MANAGEMENT ELEMENTS OF METHODOLOGY PART 3 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  12. 12. CAREER MANAGEMENT The process 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  13. 13. CAREER MANAGEMENT 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  14. 14. CAREER MANAGEMENT A TESTIMONIAL : MIKE NIEMTZOW PART 4 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  15. 15. CAREER MANAGEMENT Mike’s career milestones • 1998 – 2002 : serves as a Lieutenant in the US Navy ; creates and develops its first company in the film production industry • 2002 – 2012 : investment banker with the most prestigious Wall Street institutions (Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital) • Since 2012 : entrepreneur – WindowsWear (www.windowswear.com), a NYC-based fashion tech startup co-founded with Jon Harari, a seasoned fashion executive, – VetMed Group (www.vetmedgroup.com), a distributor of medical supplies and equipment. 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 15
  16. 16. CAREER MANAGEMENT Mike’s experience • From a Wall Street career to entrepreneurship : the trigger(s), key learnings • The top 3 things you did well • The top 3 things you would do differently • Your top 3 biggest everyday challenges • Your top 3 advice to your fellow entrepreneurs 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 16
  17. 17. CAREER MANAGEMENT LIVE Q&A SESSION Q&A 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI
  18. 18. CAREER MANAGEMENT NEXT STEPS 1/2 • Please answer our survey (check your email!) and email us any comment, feedback or suggestion at webinar.alumni@skema.edu • We email you the STEP 1 Methodology materials – The 1st 5 participants to email back their STEP 1 WORKING MATERIAL before May 03rd, 2014 will be offered a 30-minute complimentary advisory session with Sylvie Giret. Please email your STEP1 WORKING MATERIAL to webinar.alumni@skema.edu CHECK YOUR MAILBOX 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 18
  19. 19. CAREER MANAGEMENT NEXT STEPS 2/2 • Access the recording • Post your comments and share the experience • Look up the dates and topics of your upcoming webinars, and save the dates CHECK SKEMA ALUMNI WEBSITE 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 19
  20. 20. In partnership with THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING ! 03 APRIL 2014 A LIVE WEBINAR FROM SKEMA ALUMNI 20

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