Today's Entrepreneur: Christopher Nguyen

Kristin Karaoglu · March 12, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: They don't know how to think small or big

Today's Entrepreneur  is Christopher Nguyen, CEO & Founder of  Yatown. Yatown is the Facebook for Neighborhoods. It helps you keep up with what's happening where you live, connect with your neighbors, and share information.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Yatown, ACTGENT, Agenda-Asia

Startups I worked for:

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

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
#1 Frustration: Don't have the same clout or leverage as when having a big corporate name behind you.
#1 Reward: Complete freedom to move and change at lightning speed.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Those of us with large-company background don't know how to think small, and those with small-company background don't know how to think big.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. You are never adapting as fast as you need to. I just admit defeat and try to adapt faster.
2. Need to have co-founders. A real co-founder is someone who's up when you're down, and vice versa. Anything else is not.
3. You need to develop a rare balance of realism and optimism. Realism to assess challenges with your head out of the sand. Optimism to keep an absolute faith (and convince others) that you & your team can beat them.

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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What's Happening Where You Live?

Yatown is The Trusted Neighborhood Network. Yatown helps you keep up with everything about the place you care most about. Where you live.

We've been called "The Facebook of Neighborhoods". AdWeek singled out Yatown in "One of the 4 Key Trends to watch in 2012". Covering 193 thousand neighborhoods in 25 thousand cities across America, Yatown gives neighbors instant access to neighborhood-level news, events, deals, and messaging with other neighbors.

The Yatown team includes long-time former Googlers, with successful entrepreneurial exits. Yatown is backed by TiE Angels, NarraVC, and a group of experienced SV executives.

Our goal is to provide the best Local-Social experience for people who live in any neighborhood in America. Our long-term mission is "To Connect Neighbors and Strengthen Communities".


Christopher Nguyen

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CEO & Co-Founder of Yatown, The Trusted Neighborhood Network. Venture-backed CEO, 2 successful exits as co-founder, former engineering director at Google. BS UC Berkeley, PhD Stanford.