Today's Entrepreneur: Shawn Gardner

Kristin Karaoglu · May 23, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Giving up too early

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Today's Entrepreneur is Shawn Gardner, Founder and CEO of

According to his VEQ, Shawn is a is good at  product and marketing management and networking.

I am a: First-time entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:
Fun2Rent Inc.

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

List your favorite startups:,,,, Everloop, Gohuman, Getaround, Neighboorgoods.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The long hours can be a drain at times however the rewards come each time someone learns of my new start up and says: Wow that great.
I am a powersport enthusiast and this market needs change.
I am driven by my solutions to real world problems.
Look for this summer to help owners and renters of recreation and powersports.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Giving up too early. Weak minded need not apply.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Get as much advice as you can and don't be afraid to ask questions. If starting a company was so easy everyone would do it. This is not for the weak.

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Joined Vator on an online platform that connects owners of recreation and powersport vehicles (boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, trailers, and more) with individuals interested in renting these vehicles. Owners earn money on their idle assets and renters save up to 70% by renting from private owners.

The platform allows owners to earn supplemental income from their vehicles and provides renters a fully-insured, reasonably-priced alternative to online and local powersport rental companies. Our mission is to become the VRBO/Airbnb of the recreation and powersport rental market. The main difference is that both owners and renters have insurance.

Fun2Rent’s legal counsel is represented by Goodwin and Procter LLP.


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