Today's Entrepreneur: Leah Busque

Kristin Karaoglu · June 24, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Worrying about competition and not focusing on who they are and what they are buildin

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Today's Entrepreneur is Leah Busque founder and CEO of  TaskRabbit.

According to her VEQ, Leah is a good at , product management, team motivation and fund raising.

I am: A first-time entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

Name startups you worked for:

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

List your favorite startups:
Airbnb, Groupon, Square, Gowalla

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Finding a new solution to an everyday problem is the most rewarding feeling.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Worrying about competition and not focusing on who they are and what they are building.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. Tell anyone who will listen about your idea. Don’t worry about keeping things stealth or about the competition. Take in everyone’s feedback and use it to shape your own independent perspective.

2. Never pass up a good networking opportunity, and nothing can replace an in-person meeting. Always show your passion for your idea – you never know where these meetings will lead.

3. Iterate quickly and constantly look for customer feedback. Make it really easy for customers to pick up the phone or drop you and email to share their experiences. Continually make improvements and push code focused on these improvements at least once a week, if not every single night.

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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