Aurore Belfrage, who is entrepreneur, angel investors and Partner & Head of Entrepreneurship and Investment for MENA region at Your Middle East, was one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference. In a special interview for Etohum, she shared her opinion about the event, talked about the potential of the Turkish entrepreneurial ecosystem and gave core advice to all entrepreneurs. Continue reading
Dave McClure was one of the speakers at Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference. He spoke about the challenges, which the entrepreneurship ecosystems in emerging markets are facing and pinpointed some of the most problematic aspects as follows: the lack of investors; the lack of entrepreneurs; the lack of many paying customers; startups have no traction and have no idea how to get it; there aren’t many exits and most of the existing ones are small; in emerging markets sometimes investing in real estate is better bet than investing in startups; most accelerators are not that great; employees don’t understand equity; most of the startups never go global; and most founders and investors in the emerging markets don’t think that they are as good as the founders and the investors in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
All good mentors are experienced and trusted people who can guide and advise a person through the challenges of the business world. Especially first time entrepreneurs can benefit from having a mentor. If you haven’t found your mentor yet, you should consider looking for the right person, who can help you become the inspiring leader who you are supposed to be.
Here you can find 10 quotes that prove the importance and value of mentoring in entrepreneurship.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton
“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m a product of great mentoring, great coaching… Coaches or mentors are very important. They could be anyone – your husband, other family members, or your boss.” Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
“Get away from these two types of people: the ones who think you can only go as far as the situation you were born into; and the ones who think you can only go as far as the current situation you are in.”Dee Dee M. Scott
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” J Loren Norris
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” Bob Proctor
“What the tech industry often forgets is that with age comes wisdom. Older workers are usually better at following direction, mentoring, and leading.” Vivek Wadhwa
“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things. Sometimes they just need a little nudge.” Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.”Oprah Winfrey
It is very exciting to announce that Techstars MENA Community Summit will be held at Startup Istanbul Conference on 3-5th of October.
The world’s prominent mentorship-driven startup accelerator and seed fund Techstars became one of the business partners of Startup Istanbul Conference, which is held by Etohum for the 3rd time this year. As part of this cooperation, US-based investment company Techstars will make its MENA meeting at Startup Istanbul on 03-05 October. Continue reading