Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Investor: Kate Mitchell

No. 1 mistake: Lacking patience

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
July 23, 2012
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Today's Investor is Kate Mitchell, Kate is co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a venture capital fund with over $900 million under management located in Silicon Valley, California. She leads investments in software bringing more than 25 years' experience in technology, finance and management to her portfolio.

Mitchell, who was part of the group called the IPO Task Force that developed the solutions that went into the IPO onramp provision of the JOBS Act, shared her insight on what could be in the cards when the JOB Act makes it through all the regulatory hoops with Vator CEO Bambi Francisco and the 400+ attendees at Venture Shift.  

Read more on Krystal Peak's story:  Kate Mitchell: We are in an IPO crisis

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Scale Venture Partners (we are small companies, too, who need to prove themselves to survive!)

My favorite startups:
Box, Twitter, Uber, Task Rabbit, Axcient, uTest

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?Success can feel unfair. Timing and luck play a huge role right next to the qualility of the idea & the team - I am a sucker for good teams so hate it if they can't win..

Rewarding: Watching a founding team grow into the leadership team. Our best deals had founders who became (& remained) the CEOs.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Tie: Lacking patience. Being too cautious.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Your team/board won't hear what you say the first time. If you believe it - repeat it..
Focus & prioritize.
Go all in. If you mean it, give it your all.

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