|2009 Ohio State , PhD , Geology|
I'm bursting with ideas!
Hipmunk, Airbnb, Peakery
The most rewarding thing is that you can bring your big ideas to life. Plus you get the opportunity to bring a great team together and get them focused on a single purpose so that everyone shares the same idea and works passionately toward it. The frustration is sometimes covering all the details and making sure that they are all delegated and effectively communicated.
Getting too excited and not thinking through everything carefully. Startups only have a limited amount of resources so getting distracted can be a killer.
Focus on the most critical aspects of the main task. Make communication a priority for the team as its easy to assume that everyone sees things on the same path. Make sure your idea is big enough.
Completed a PhD in Paleoclimatology from Ohio State in 2009. While completing my dissertation I moved from the US to India and bootstrapped my own business from 3 to over 80 employees. I exited this business in 2011 and launched Touristlink. I am an avid traveler and have to been to over 40 countries. I started Touristlink out of my passion for travel and raised seed funding for Touristlink in both Chile and Kenya.