The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs, Guy Kawasaki [VIDEO]

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One of my favorite authors Guy Kawasaki lists the top 10 of the mistakes entrepreneurs and startups make when building their business. He covers all stages of a business from inception to exit. The video was recorded at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan). Guy Kawasaki is former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures.

Guy Kawasaki presentation starts at 3:20 and ends 40:20. The last 40 minutes is discussion and Q&A.

Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

  1. Multiplying big numbers by 1 percent
  2. Scaling too soon
  3. Partnering
  4. Pitching instead of prototyping
  5. Using too many slides and too small a font
  6. Doing things serially
  7. Believing 51% = control
  8. Believing patents = defensibility
  9. Hiring in your own image
  10. Befriending your VCs
  11. Thinking VCs can add value

Most important point: under-promise and over-deliver!

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