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Today's entrepreneur: Shawn Ivey

No. 1 mistake: Lack of focus. Always too much to do and too little time...

Innovation series by Katie Gatto
January 11, 2011
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/15ca

Entrepreneurs, and those who work at startups, are a special part of the workforce.

They embrace innovation and disruption. They live on the edge, and, at times, chase the latest shiny object. But their willingness to fail and try something new often enable them to make a big difference.  

The Vator community is made up of these unique people. To that end, we've changed our user profiles to allow entrepreneurs to express their interests and lessons about entrepreneurship. 

 

These profiles will allow us to highlight an entrepreneur every day.

Today's entrepreneur is Shawn Ivey.

I am:  an Entrepreneur
Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

Digital Home Systems, QualXpert Software, Splore

Name companies you've invested in:

All the companies I've started...

Name startups you worked for:

Folio, Open Market, NextPage

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

Fortune cookie told me to...

List your favorite startups:

Evernote, Dropbox, Tumblr, Flipboard

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Patience (don't have enough!), and the satisfaction of seeing real people benefit from innovation.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneur's make?

Lack of focus. Always too much to do and too little time...

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

It always takes longer and costs more than you thought.
The right partner makes all the difference.
Keep a notepad handy on your night stand...


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