These days the cult of the entrepreneur has reached a feverish level. People are leaping into the fray because entrepreneurship is just So. Damn. Sexy. "Ah yes, it's the entrepreneur's life for me and nothing less! Passion! Purpose! Look, Ma - I'm changing the world! I don't have a boss! Now watch me wear flip flops and a hoodie while confusing a middle-aged banker in a meeting who decides to invest anyway! Every day for the commute to my unspeakably hip office space, I fly bareback on a unicorn while it farts rainbows of glitter!"
Let's face it. The default setting for a startup is failure and even if it goes well, oftentimes the biggest battle for an entrepreneur is not competition or market forces or even managing staff or investors. The biggest battle can be the one raging inside the entrepreneur's head. A startup necessarily is doing something that hasn't been done before and oftentimes by a person who hasn't ever done anything like it before. After the ideation phase, after the excitement of recruiting the team, after the rush of convincing investors to write that check and after the initial spike in traffic FUD can start to settle in. Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt.
Fear that user growth will stall. Uncertainty that you'll be able to make payroll if that next round doesn't close. Doubt that you're good enough or smart enough or lucky or whatever enough. Or....the company has gone well, but it's been years already. Hasn't quite gone well enough. Your energy is waning. The demons start to swirl around your head at night after you've woken up to go to the bathroom and you can't get back to sleep. Then you finally get to sleep, but you don't bounce out of bed on some mornings like you used to. You were told that starting a startup was going to be a marathon, not a sprint. But *damn* after finishing the marathon then there was an ultramarathon. Then an Ironman. Now another marathon thrown in for good measure. The inner voice used to cheer but now it's a total &(#$&@(#$&!@*. I mean if that inner voice worked on the team and attended meetings and said out loud the things it thinks it would have been fired.
Richard Robinson is a serial entrepreneur who doesn't think that these issues are addressed enough. He'll address issues he's faced as an entrepreneur and the FUD that he's seen fellow entrepreneurs face. Richard will address ways to address and minimize the FUD along the way of the entrepreneurial journey.
Richard Robinson is a serial tech entrepreneur and executive, working in China since 1996. He has served as a senior executive at three companies from pre-IPO through to their public listings then went on to found five companies of which three have exited to publicly listed firms.
Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Peking University's Guanghua MBA program teaching Entrepreneurship in China. Active as a startup advisor, mentor, and angel, Richard is a mentor at 500 Startups, Chinaccelerator and HAX. He frequently speaks at tech conferences globally, including serving as master of ceremonies at TechCrunch Beijing, Web Summit Lisbon and Dublin, GMIC Beijing and Silicon Valley, and Startup Asia Singapore and Jakarta.
Richard earned an MBA from RSM at Erasmus University in The Netherlands, studied at Cambridge University in the U.K., and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Event Info | 活动信息
English for the fireside chat（Chinese translation will be provided during the whole session), Chinese & English for networking
Time: May 24 (Wednesday), 2017, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Location: MyDreamPlus Co-working Space, Chaowai Men Center Tower B, 3rd Floor, No. 26 Chaoyangmenwai Street - Nearest Metro Station: Line 2/6: Chaoyangmen Exit A
地点：梦想加朝外MEN空间，朝阳门外大街26号朝外MEN写字中心B座3层 - 附近地铁站：2/6号线朝阳门站A口出
Agenda | 活动安排
7:00pm 签到 & 茶歇 Sign-in, Welcome Drink & Food
7:30pm 炉边谈话 Fireside Chat with Richard Robinson
8:30pm 自由讨论 & 社交环节 Drinks, Food & Networking
CHEERS are kindly offering a free flow of wines during the event to help get those creative minds flowing.
Admission | 费用
普通票：50元（截止至5月23日） | Regular: 50RMB (Available until May 23rd)
现场票（活动当日购买）：80元 | At-the-door: 80RMB
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