Hardeep Walia
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Hardeep Walia

Hardeep is co-founder/CEO of Motif Investing. Previously he spent over six years at Microsoft, where he started as Director of Corporate Development, later GM of Worldwide Enterprise Services.

Personal blog: www.motifinvesting.com
San Mateo, California, United States
Member since July 06, 2011
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I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Gogobot, Waze, Klout, Lending Club, Quora

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

Rewarding: Empowering individuals to invest.
Frustrating: Only so many hours in a day.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Not fully understanding the sacrifices required of starting a company.

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

1. Focus. Focus. Focus.
2. Problem = Opportunity
3. It really is about the team.

Full bio

Hardeep has over 15 years of executive management and entrepreneurial experience. Before co-founding Motif Investing, Hardeep was CEO of a medical device startup that he led to a successful acquisition. Hardeep spent over six years at Microsoft, where he started as Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, the team responsible for managing all of Microsoft's investments and acquisitions.He later served as General Manager of Microsoft's $2B+ Enterprise Services business. He has also held positions at other noteworthy companies such as Trilogy Software, the Boston Consulting Group and Morgan Stanley.

Hardeep holds a BS in Economics and Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA with Honors in Finance and Information Systems from the Wharton School of Business. He holds the Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses. He is a passionate investor and loves trading commodities.