Tips of the Trade: Entrepreneurs Offer Their Best Advice

The road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is undoubtedly difficult; however, it can be made easier by learning from those around you. Below, Entrepreneurship@Dyson has accumulated the top pieces of advice our interviewees have for aspiring entrepreneurs:

SnappyScreen product being used in LA

SnappyScreen product being used in LA

Realize that entrepreneurship extends beyond starting a company. According to SnappyScreen CTO Alex Woloshin (‘14), “You don’t have to start a company to be an entrepreneur. However, you should treat the company like it’s your own in order to help it grow. You really need to dedicate yourself to making the company successful. Find people around you that will support your initiatives.”

If you think you may want to start a company, get to work right away. Steven Dourmashkin (‘15) of Specdrums advises, “If you put it off, it’s much less likely to happen.”

Sometimes, execution is more important than the idea. Aaron Wisner (‘19) of XBoard suggests, “If you have an idea, don’t hold back on it because you think someone else has an idea that solves that same issue. Your product can solve that issue, and you can do it in a way that’s completely different from how other products have. Don’t throw away a product idea because you think someone else has something. You can always find a way to make yourself unique.”

Kavin Lam '18

Kavin Lam ’18

Determine what you’re looking for in a partner, and find one. Kavin Lam (‘18) of Engaged Community Directed Investments knew he’d need a partner he’d feel comfortable working very closely with. Lam encourages. “You will spend endless time working on it with them, and that is something you won’t be able to forge anywhere else.”

Get a business card. DJ BenZ founder and performer Reuben St. Marc (‘17) recalls, “One of the first investments I made was in business cards. Having a business card shows people you are serious about what you’re doing and allows you to get your name out there.”

If you have strong intellectual property behind your venture, consider filing for a patent. Alex Levy (‘18), co-founder of Maidbot mentions, “It takes a long time for a patent to go through, but the fact that you’ve done that shows that you’re committed to your project and committed to changing the industry.”

Don’t do anything unless you really care about it. Jeffrey Ly (‘16) summarizes, “Today, entrepreneurship is really saturated. What sets you apart is you. You need to have a passion to change the world and create your product. Letting your passion shine through is something that’s important.”

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