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Tennis and the Meaning
of Startup Life
10.23.15
Robert Wallace, Tallwave
About Me
Partner, EVP Marketing,
Tallwave
Affinnova/Nielsen
Internet Venture Works
Airwalk
9 Lessons
#1 Belief
It’s on me.
#2 Control Your Emotions
#3
#4 Conquering Fear
#5 Solitary Problem Solving
#6 Hit To The Open Court (Find Whitespace)
#7 Pivot
“I never lost a tennis match, I just ran
out of time.” - Jimmy Connors
#8 Winning Ugly Is OK
#9 Win The Last Point
Stay tuned...
@robertawallace
robert.wallace@tallwave.com
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Tennis and the Meaning of Startup Life

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Tennis and the Meaning to Startup Life
Turns out you can learn a lot about how to thrive in any work environment, but especially startups, from an unlikely place...the tennis court. I played competitively since I was 10, and now that I look back I see lessons I apply every day in my professional life. Perseverance, tenacity, "faking it 'til you make it", solitary problem-solving, and finishing...these are all lessons I've learned playing tennis and have served me well.

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Tennis and the Meaning of Startup Life

  1. 1. Tennis and the Meaning of Startup Life 10.23.15 Robert Wallace, Tallwave
  2. 2. About Me Partner, EVP Marketing, Tallwave Affinnova/Nielsen Internet Venture Works Airwalk
  3. 3. 9 Lessons
  4. 4. #1 Belief
  5. 5. It’s on me.
  6. 6. #2 Control Your Emotions
  7. 7. #3
  8. 8. #4 Conquering Fear
  9. 9. #5 Solitary Problem Solving
  10. 10. #6 Hit To The Open Court (Find Whitespace)
  11. 11. #7 Pivot “I never lost a tennis match, I just ran out of time.” - Jimmy Connors
  12. 12. #8 Winning Ugly Is OK
  13. 13. #9 Win The Last Point
  14. 14. Stay tuned... @robertawallace robert.wallace@tallwave.com

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