Manny Fernandez is the CEO/Co-Founder of DreamFunded and Founder of SF Angel Group.
He was a guest speaker at our Lifograph event and below are some of his thoughts.
1. Be a leader
Steve Jobs was a college dropout, but he was a leader. He was able to rally up investors and employees to create an amazing product.
Leadership is something you develop over time. You have to embrace the idea of being a leader, then get followers to support you.
2. Find a mega-market, early
Steve Jobs found early a mass market. His vision was that everyone will have a personal computer.
As an entrepreneur you need to skate where the puck is going. Be alert to new trends and take advantage of massive shifts in the market.
3. Find a great cofounder
Steve Jobs needed a cofounder with technical skills who could build a computer, so he went to HomeBrew Computer Club where he eventually met Steve Wozniak.
To find a cofounder you should network with people who have a strong interest in your industry. Attend meetups, industry conferences, hackathons, and other related events to meet like-minded people you can work with on your startup.