Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Nirav Tolia

Recognize your mistakes and not repeat them

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
December 14, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Nirav Tolia, co-founder and CEO of Nextdoor. According to his VEQ, Nirav isgood at team motivation, product management and fund raising.

Nextdoor is a private social network for the neighborhood. Using Nextdoor’s free online platform, neighbors create private neighborhood websites where members can ask questions, get to know one another and exchange local advice and recommendations.

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):
Entrepreneur and Investor

Companies I've founded or co-founded:,, Round Zero,,

Startups I worked for:
Yahoo!,,, Round Zero,,

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:
Uber, Quora, Path, DropBox, Twitter, Flipboard

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Rewarding: Creating a service that improves people’s lives.
Frustrating: It's difficult to put a dent in the universe - its an all consuming, draining activity that takes an incredible amount of life force.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Being an entrepreneur means you’ll make many mistakes. The important thing is to recognize your mistakes and not repeat them over and over again.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1) Surround yourself with great people
2) Build something that people really want
3) Let the journey be the reward

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