Inspiration

Advice I would give to an entrepreneur…

Don’t wait for perfect. You will learn from failure. Initially you will probably need to roll up your sleeves and do everything, but as you grow you’ll create more value by leveraging the strengths of others. The best entrepreneurs I know are aware of what they’re good at and what they’re not.

Another piece of advice: impact equals scale. To solve a problem in a meaningful way, you need to solve it for a lot of people.

What I learned from my mentors…

My parents have been my coaches in every aspect of my life. Whether it was at school, on the basketball court, or on Wall Street, they were always encouraging me to leave my comfort zone and discover opportunity on the other side.

As the owners of a brick-and-mortar business in San Francisco, their roadblocks to funding were the inspirational foundation for launching Indiegogo. But it was their uncompromising commitment to ethics in running their business that taught me that no matter how successful in business you appear to the outside world, real impact and meaning comes from maintaining your integrity in the pursuit of that success.

How I deal with failure…

Failure is the experience of a problem or approach that doesn’t work, which means failure is the essential ingredient for change. Without failure, there’d be no frustration. Without frustration, there’d be no fuel to make myself or the world better.

How I stay organized…

Good old fashioned pen and paper with a colorful twist and no lines (for me, lined paper is too constraining, and blue and black pen is simply uninspiring). For to-dos, I make various lists, color-coordinated by project. To capture my creative thoughts and ideas, I draw multi-color mind-maps.