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Startup Stories by Tristan Pollock

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Here's a talk I gave on the hard times in startup life. Startup stories are tales that most founders can relate to. I gave this at Taiwan Startup Stadium in Taipei and in Hong Kong at Blueprint Accelerator.

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Startup Stories by Tristan Pollock

  1. 1. Tristan Pollock 500 Startups EIR &Venture Partner @writerpollock tristan@500.co STARTUP STORIES
  2. 2. ~ Most ActiveVC ~ 5Years Old ~1,200 Startups Invested
  3. 3. STOREFRONT IS AN ONLINE MARKETPLACETO CONNECT MAKERSTO SHORT-TERM RETAIL SPACE
  4. 4. ~ 2.5YEARS OLD ~ RAISED ~$10M ~TEAM OF 20
  5. 5. OVER 1,000 STORES OPENED
  6. 6. Tristan Pollock tristan@500.co
  7. 7. LESSON #1 You don’t need to grow up in SiliconValley.
  8. 8. WINTER HAS ARRIVED
  9. 9. MINNEAPOLIS =
 ART, MUSIC, FOOD
  10. 10. Tristan Pollock tristan@500.co
  11. 11. LESSON #2 Experience new ways of doing things.
  12. 12. + +
  13. 13. LESSON #3 Test everything. Double down.
  14. 14. LESSON #4 Relationships matter. Find mentors.
  15. 15. ~ 200 Contributors in 25 Countries ~ Acquired by Boston media company
  16. 16. LESSON #5 Surround yourself with ambition.
  17. 17. WHY?
  18. 18. MAKERS FOR LIFE
  19. 19. [ GREY SPACE ]
  20. 20. 1 IN 10 STORES ARE EMPTY
  21. 21. 28 MILLIONsmall businesses and entrepreneurs in the US. *1/6 work in the creative industry.
  22. 22. KANYE
  23. 23. TRENDS 1.THREE ECONOMIES 2. PERSONAL SELLING REVOLUTION 3. RETAIL = EXPERIENCE
  24. 24. SHARING ECONOMY efficiency + trust
  25. 25. WINTER HAS ARRIVED
  26. 26. LOCAL ECONOMY
  27. 27. 4ON- DEMAND ECONOMY
  28. 28. PERSONAL SELLING REVOLUTION SQUARE + TWITTER + YOUTUBE
  29. 29. RETAIL SALES95%
  30. 30. LESSON #6
  31. 31. BE PASSIONATE MAKE THINGS THAT MATTER
  32. 32. @WRITERPOLLOCK + TRISTAN@500.CO

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