Apple didn’t produce the first personal computer nor the first smartphone, and yet today, Apple is synonymous with those things. Google wasn’t the first search engine, but it’s become the last and enduring search engine. That shows that the first mover isn’t always the company that becomes the enduring market leader. Chris Yeh says in many cases, that ability to be the first to scale is what’s most important. Chris is an investor, writer, mentor, and entrepreneur. He talks about his book that he co-authored with Reid Hoffman, Blitzscaling, and tackles LinkedIn and Silicon Valley’s success, as well as the success of the Reid Hoffmans and Elon Musks of the world.
Venture capital or financing and all the things that come with bootstrapping to billions is really what holds up a lot of people from even getting into business in the first place because they don’t understand it. Dr. Dileep Rao, finance expert and full-time Clinical Professor at Florida International University, takes a closer look at venture capital in his book, Nothing Ventured, Everything Gained, and shares what he thinks about leadership, unicorn entrepreneurs, and the skill sets every entrepreneur or business leader should have.