Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Todd Fast

No. 1 mistake: Not seeking enough feedback

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
October 19, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Todd Fast, co-founder and CTO of Conga. Splash SF finalist Conga discovers the social relevance between people - whom you should know, within a group, at an event, or wherever you are. Its science applies sophisticated machine learning algorithms to understand the underlying factors behind your professional relationships.

I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:

Conga, Inc., (intrapraneur)

Startups I worked for:

NetDynamics, Conga

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Conga (my baby), IFTTT (the Web as your API), Key Ring (great business model(s))

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

Most Frustrating: The existential angst.
Most Rewarding: Putting innovation into motion.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

1. Not seeking enough feedback. 2. Paying too much attention to feedback.

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

1. The market, like nature, is not fair by any measure.
2. If you waste something, you'll wish later you had what you wasted.
3. It's what you *don't* do that defines you.

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