Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Kevin Stephens

No. 1 mistake: Not failing fast enough

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
March 19, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Kevin Stephens, Co-founder and CEO of Kismet. Kismet is an easy way to meet new people in the real world, in real time. Whether you want friends or business contacts, they show you the people near you that you actually want to meet, tell you who you know in common, what you have in common, and give you an easy way to kick off the conversation.

Vator’s community is the home to entrepreneurs who embrace their passion and follow their dreams. Our profiles allow members to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their roller-coaster journey.

These profiles give entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase themselves and tell their story. So if you are an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur, or even an aspiring entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from you.

I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:

Startups I worked for:
Boxee, Trilogy

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:
Kismet, Astrid, Crowdmob, Boxee

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Having complete direction of a product that I find personally exciting.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not failing fast enough, and being married to a single idea or approach.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Be agile and move quickly, particularly when it comes to product development. Pick investors as carefully as you would pick employees -- they're part of your team, too. Most important, don't be dissuaded by naysayers. The best technology always has naysayers.

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