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Out of the three biggest lessons the 29-year old entrepreneur has learned, two of them emphasize the importance of having the right team. "As soon as I was able to train up 20 solid employees at Apax Software, I was able to focus on the bigger picture," he said. "I like to use sports analogies. So for example, if I was playing in a basketball tournament and my teamates were Michael Jordan, Shaq, Kobe Bryant, and myself, I would not have to worry about playing every position in the game. I would totally trust my team. This relates to building a business. You have to have the right employees."
Raney would know about growing a team when it comes to business as well as sports because during his free time he coaches a soccer team of 11-year-old boys, where he emphasizes growing together as a team.
Being a serial entrepreneur keeps him extremely busy, but at the end of the day, it's all about giving back.
Here's more from Raney, based on his Vator profile:
I am: an Entrepreneur
BookExchange.com, APAX Software, Awesome Inc
I want to change the world.
Just like anything else, the most frustrating thing to me about entrepreneurship is losing / failing. It can be a major blow to your confidence when someone passes you or beats you in a sale, contest, or other competition. The most rewarding thing about being an entrepreneur is seeing someone use your product and knowing that if it wasn't for you, the product wouldn't have been created. I remember starting my first business (BookExchange.com) to help students buy/sell textbooks directly to each other. The first semester I launched it I was blown away and became addicted to the feeling of having customers use my service.
Lack of focus
1. Fire fast
2. The team with the most best players wins (it's less about the idea, more about the team)
3. Don't hesitate. Develop a quick short term plan and then start acting. Take some time to think long term occasionally, but spend most of your time executing / acting on your short term plan.