Today's entrepreneur: Mark Goldstein

Katie Gatto · January 10, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Hiring badly

Entrepreneurs, and those who work at startups, are a special part of the workforce.

They embrace innovation and disruption. They live on the edge, and, at times, chase the latest shiny object. But their willingness to fail and try something new often enable them to make a big difference.  

The Vator community is made up of these unique people. To that end, we've changed our user profiles to allow entrepreneurs to express their interests and lessons about entrepreneurship. 

These profiles will allow us to highlight an entrepreneur every day.

Today's entrepreneur is Mark Goldstein.

I am:  an Entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

Reality Online, Impulse Buy Network, NetAngels, Bluelight, GreenUp, Home Account, Loyalty Lab

Name companies you've invested in:

(all of mine), Miasole, Nanosolar, Qik, Salesforce, YottaQ, StyleSeat, Support Software, and 10 or so others

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to change the world.

List your favorite startups:

Badgeville, KiiP, Causes, Hawkeye Brewing

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

The highs
The lows
The sales win, the client losses.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneur's make?

Hiring badly

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

Know your partner(s)-inside and out
Understand the motivations of your investors and stakeholders
Don't partner too early

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Nanosolar is a global leader in solar power innovation. We are setting the standard for affordable green power with solar cell technology of distinctly superior cost efficiency, versatility, and availability. Our mission is very simple: Delivering cost-efficient solar electricity. Leveraging recent science in nanostructured materials, we have developed a critical mass of engineering advances that profoundly change the cost efficiency and production scalability of solar electricity cells and panels. Our first product, the Nanosolar Utility Panelâ„¢ enables unprecedented system economics at utility scale.



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Qik is a little piece of software that enables you to stream videos directly from your phone to the Web. Use it to stream engaging videos to your friends in Facebook, Twitter, etc. or as your camcorder to capture entertaining and special moments. Qik enables you to share moments of your life with your friends, family and the world - directly from your cell phone!

Keep your world in the know, share a laugh, tell engaging stories. Just point your cell phone and stream video live to your your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc. OR use your cell phone like a camcorder and stream hours and hours of video without worrying about storage on your cell phone.


Mark Goldstein

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Managing Partner, Founder, Bad Ass Advisors