Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: KB Teo

No. 1 mistake: Not listening to your customers and advisors

Innovation series by Meliza Solan Surdi
March 16, 2011
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Entrepreneurs embrace being at the forefront of change. And, just by being there, they take huge risks and make a difference.

They often live unstable lives. But as they courageously take steps out of their comfort zone, they'll make several mistakes which become valuable lessons for the rest of us. And, it's these creative and innovative daredevils who are making an impact on our world. 

Vator's profiles have been specifically designed for innovators to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their unique journey.

Today's entrepreneur is KB Teo, co-founder of Buzzgrowl. According to her VEQ, KB is good at sales management, team motivation and marketing management.

I Am: A social media enthusiast. Currently interested in anti-libraries, geo-social mobile apps, and er, social media.

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

BuzzGrowl, Thingbuzz, MBz

Name companies you've invested in:

Would it be ironic if I said I was an index investor?

Name startups you worked for:

Employee # 8 at Encentuate founded by the founder of and Interwoven (nasdaq:iwov)

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I didn't want to die saying I was an Accountant.

List your favorite startups:

Viglink, mailchimp, Twitter, Radian6

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

Most rewarding: Having faith each day you are building something that could grow into something useful and fun for people
Most frustrating: Being patient with the pace that life unfolds, but if we fixed my frustration, I'd be getting older faster so I'm okay with this.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Its difficult to generalize across all startups because startups come in many various shapes, sizes, geographies, industries. And startup founders have different strengths and development areas. However, if I had to choose, I think not listening to your customers or advisers isn't going to do anyone any good. And I mean really listening.

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

1- BE the right partner that your partners/business needs
2- Keep resiliently innovating
3- Have fun. Laugh everyday because that's why we show up here instead of anywhere else

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