Jon Gillespie Brown brings his extensive mentoring experience to bear in this handbook for would-be Entrepreneurs.
Drawing on his own experience as a successful serial Entrepreneur and those of his vast network, Jon guides the reader through a series of mentoring sessions, educating them on the realities of the Entrepreneurial lifestyle and addressing their personality and ambitions to determine if this is the life for them.
Angel, Author, CEO, Startup Entrepreneur and Advisor.
Jon has extensive leadership experience in the information technology, communications and social web with 25 years in the IT business. The last 15 years he has been a Startup founder and CEO.
Author of “So you want to be an Entrepreneur” (Wiley) and lecturer on the associated Entrepreneurship courses at Stanford. 11 years as Mentor and Start-up coach: Stanford/UC Berkeley/London Business School (EIR).
He has been an Entrepreneur in residence/Mentor/Judge for the London Business School for 8 years and more recently 6 years at Stanford University (GSB, MS&E and SIE) , UC Berkeley HAAS and Stanford StartX.
He is passionate about ‘entrepreneurship’ and loves to work in and with Start-ups as an advisor and investor.
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Being your mentor (in the book)
First I want to say that being a mentor is not about talking down to you about how wonderful I am and to boast about my past successes, if anything my role is to expose my past failures and weaknesses in order that you can avoid them. Think of me as an equal, a coach, someone who is a trusted friend who wants the best for you and your life.
My life as an entrepreneur started well before I was aware of it, my Mother would say from the age of 5, but whatever age you go back to I was always a maverick, even at school. I went to many schools around the World, lived in many countries and was exposed to many cultures and languages – this helped me become a keen and curious observer of life. Even when I was young I was also one of those people that was a good listener and kids would often confide in me but I was actually also quite shy and something of a loner.
I learned early however that I could make friends and help other people not through an outgoing personality but by ‘contribution’. At that age I didn’t have a word for it but today it’s my watch word and what I base much of my life around. This book is a perfect example, I want to help you and I also want you to help me help others by buying and using this book as all the profits go to charity.
Over the last 20 years I have started over a half dozen businesses, indeed today I still run three so I am working entrepreneur but I take the time to actively help others through giving my time, my resources and my money – my favourite phrase to sum up my philosophy is “you get what you give” – I find the more I give the more help I get but don’t think that my giving is driven by a greed to have my gifts returned, it is not. I am just reporting a healthy consequence of my actions. If you give to get you will not have the same results I assure you.
It’s an important philosophy because many of the ideas and businesses I have created have come from outside my direct experience and domain but I have been so lucky in my life in being to turn many of these ventures into successes – much of that luck has been generated from contribution and manifesting.
You will find if you choose to be an entrepreneur you will have many moments when you need inspiration, help and guidance and out of nowhere it will come if you have been thoughtful enough to have given of yourself during that entrepreneurial journey.
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