The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for KC Roundtable to hear from Gina Danner, Owner and CEO of MailPrint. In celebration of MailPrint’s 25th anniversary this year, Gina prepared 25 unique lessons about entrepreneurship. And, considering the lessons’ author — whose hard work has resulted in tens of millions in revenue per year, and who is on track to hire the 70th employee this year — people took notes.
The 25 Biggest Things I Have Learned as a CEO for 25 Years
- “Perseverance doesn’t run on air but on desire. You can handle any hell only if you have a burning, bigger-than-life heaven in your chest, which must express itself, no matter what — even if it costs you your smaller, so-called life.” –Charles Bukowski
- It’s your job to create that point in the distance and lead your team there. The biggest challenge for entrepreneurs is to realize it is not about them — it is about the achievement of that vision.
- Hire to fit YOUR culture. As a leader, you must create it, nurture it, know it, and protect it. Be able to state it with conviction in a single sentence.
- Don’t create a lifestyle that outpaces your checkbook. Hold on to your cash. Doing so will allow you to make big moves later, when everyone else is doggy-paddling. Read more ›
KC Roundtable welcomed a different setup this week. Rather than inviting one speaker to the table, we had the luxury of three entrepreneurs in the form of a TechPanel.
Our presenters included:
Passionate about the value proposition of cloud computing services, Joe’s work with Umzuzu helps organizations replace antiquated technologies with Google Apps for simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools.
Todd has entrepreneurial management experience across multiple industries. He is primarily focused on high-growth and technology-based ventures from startup to harvest.
In 2007, John joined Saepio, which is a premier provider of software and solutions that maximize brand effectiveness for organizations with corporate and distributed marketing networks.
Stu Ludlow of RFP365 facilitated the panel, asking our respondents about the challenges and rewards of building a company in Kansas City. Read more ›
Chris Isaacson of BATS Global Markets
On the morning after Halloween, entrepreneurs gathered for KC Roundtable at First Watch in Westport. Many were still sleepy-eyed from taking their children trick-or-treating the night before — and calming down midnight sugar highs from the kids’ consumptions of too many Reese’s Pieces.
Regardless, all ears were fastened to hear Chris Isaacson speak about BATS Global Markets: a modern day story of David versus Goliah; an infant stock exchange from the Midwest versus the pre-existing, indestructible industry giants, NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange. Read more ›
After last session’s heart-racing story about VinSolutions and Matt Watson’s cut-throat journey to a 9-figure buyout, KC Roundtable switched gears to an uplifting, inspirational story of the small-by-design Kansas City nonprofit, Boys Grow. Read more ›
Matt Watson; Stackify and VinSolutions
This week, KC Roundtable welcomed Matt Watson, founder and CEO of Stackify, the much anticipated start-up due to launch in November. But rather than gush about his exciting new venture, Watson shared battle stories from his last multi-million dollar endeavor, the company he claims should have failed 1,000 different times: VinSolutions. Read more ›
Scott Carlile; Progressive Medical, Inc.
Scott Carlile is the founder of Progressive Medical, Inc. (PMI), a medical device company specializing in air mattresses for patients suffering from bed sores. Carlile owned and operated the company for 18 years before selling the company early last year.
Carlile credits much of PMI’s success with “luck,” but, after detailing the company’s history to KC Roundtable, it’s easy to see that “luck” was mostly derived from deliberate, strategic design, like concentration on: Read more ›