Today's entrepreneur: Jen O'Neal

Meliza Solan Surdi · February 2, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not having a clear vision

Entrepreneurs often choose the path of innovation, without realizing the roller coaster journey that comes with it. 

They will often live restless and changeable lives.

But as they fearlessly travel down the risk-taking road, they make several mistakes which become beneficial lessons for the rest of us.

They have their good days and bad days. But at the end of the day, these adventurous thrill-seekers are the ones who are changing the world.

Today's Entrepreneur is Jen O'Neal, co-founder and CEO of Tripping.

According to her VEQ (Vator entrepreneur test), she's good at team motivation, marketing management and has good negotiation skills.

I Am: An Entrepreneur
Name companies you've founded or co-founded:


Name startups you worked for:

StubHub, Viagogo, Tripping

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to make the world a better place.

List your favorite startups:

Tripping, Viagogo, StubHub, Kiva, Dropbox, Vator

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

Most frustrating: never having enough hours in the day

Most rewarding: building something of value from the ground up

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Not having a clear vision

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

1. Surround yourself with the best, brightest and most talented people
2. Listen to what your users want, then deliver early and often
3. Aim high - anything is possible!

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Tripping gives travelers a safe and easy way to connect with local people for tips, shared cups of coffee and even home stays.


We launched in January and already have thousands of members from 100+ countries. Our partners include Ivy League universities, study abroad programs, major rock bands and international volunteer organizations.


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Jen O'Neal

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Jen O'Neal is the Founder and CEO of Under her leadership, has grown to offer 8 million rental properties in 150,000 destinations worldwide and is valued at over $115 million today.