King’s Hall co-founder Devon Perry shares, “We’re striving to be the Dr. Pepper or A&W root beer rather than Coke or Pepsi. If it’s only the space that you need, and not community, there are other alternatives. We’re a true mom and pop shop because of how we’re invested in the community.”
SETVI co-founder Joshua David is a fan of charging for a product, even in beta. “We started selling SETVI in beta. I think you should always charge for your product, because if they’re not buying it, you can identify the problem and fix it.”
Serial CEO Lucinda Duncalfe finds that her martial arts training has a lot in common with running a company. “You have to be willing to be vulnerable, the same way as when you come to full speed in an attack in martial arts. Women in particular are terrible at this. We ask for less money, we worry about what people will think. Just GO.”
“Knowing a need and filling it was an early lesson I learned,” says inventor John Bacino. That lesson led to a long and illustrious career at W.L. Gore, and even spurred him to launch a company in his retirement.
Halloween Adventure founder Joe Purifico on supporting entrepreneurs: “There are 2 qualities important to me in an entrepreneur. I have to like the person I help. And I have to believe in the project. It doesn’t have to be an easy, just has to be something I can buy into and sell.”