Today's Entrepreneur: Sam Hayes

Kristin Karaoglu · July 1, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Losing sight of the customer's needs

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These profiles give entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase themselves and tell their story. So if you are an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur, or even an aspiring entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from you.

Today's Entrepreneur is Sam Hayes, Co-Founder & EVP, SharesPost.

Sam is a thought leadership and is good at marketing management, fund raising.

(Note: Sam will be one of the speakers at Venture Shift, an evening event gathering top VCs, angels and entrepreneurs to discuss the changing dynamics in venture capital. Register here.)

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Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

Name companies you've invested in:
TrueCar, ListSpinner, Zig, Infralex

Name startups you worked for:, Zerotree, Outlink

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
Paraphrasing Drucker: Customer is my inspiration (and keeps me busy).

List your favorite startups:
Sun (circa 1984), AOL (Circa 1994), Amazon (Circa 1998), SharesPost (Circa 2011)

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Delighting the customer (in a profitable way).

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Losing sight of the customer's needs

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Be humble. Be forward-looking. Be focused. All at the same time!

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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