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Today's Entrepreneur: Stefan Nguyen

No. 1 mistake: Not calibrating the ideas to the market

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
November 16, 2012 | Comments
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Today's Entrepreneur is Stefan Nguyen, CEO of Xfluential. According to his VEQ, Stefan is a thought leader and is good at product management and thecnology design.

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:
Xfluential, Next Ignite, Xignite, Mindshare Solutions

Startups I worked for:
Xfluential, Next Ignite, Xignite, Mindshare Solutions

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I'm bursting with ideas!

My favorite startups:
Four Square

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Having an idea that you truly believe in. It can be an extremely lonely path, and yet exhilarating when the idea gets traction.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Naivete...not calibrating one's ideas to the market to see whether it is ahead of its time or behind the times.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Having confidence and faith in what I create, always remembering and forcing myself to calibrate my ideas, and then working my butt off to come through when it counts the most.

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Related companies, investors and entrepreneurs

Xfluential, LLC
Description: Xfluential provides a platform to assess and leverage one's social assets, an absolute essential in the online economy, from relationship...
Stefan Nguyen
Xfluential, LLC
Bio: Software engineer with business training.  BSEE from Northwestern and MBA from Columbia Business School. Co-founded MindShare Soluti...

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