Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Richard Rygg

It is the hiring and firing process that makes or breaks a company

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
July 11, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Richard Rygg, co-founder and chief product guy at HipGeo. According to his VEQ, Richard is a thought leader and is good at product management and fund raising.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:,,, The Music Door,

Companies I've invested in:,,,, Heartland Research Technologies,,

Startups I worked for:
AOL, GeoCities,,,

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I can't help it. It's my nature.

My favorite startups:, Instagram, Square, DropBox, Machinima, Groupon, Flipboard, Blockboard

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Fund raising is most frustrating. Building something that fills a person's need is most rewarding.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
One of most valuable entrepreneurial skills is the ability to hire great people, and it is the hiring and firing process that makes or breaks a company.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Hire the best people you can. Fail fast. Innovate on a hunch, perfect with information and feedback. (Bonus tip from GeoCities: There was a direct relationship between the closeness of a deadline and the odor in the engineering cubicles.)

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

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