Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Nathalie Criou

No. 1 mistake: Not believing in a vision and not validating assumptions quickly and reasonably

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
May 21, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Nathalie Criou, CEO of RidePal. According to her VEQ (an entrepreneur assessment test) Nathalie is good at  product management, technology design and team motivation.

RidePal is one of the top contenders competing in the Splash LA competition. Check it out here. 

Vator’s community is the home to entrepreneurs who embrace their passion and follow their dreams. Our profiles allow members to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their roller-coaster journey.

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.

I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
non-profit BeatSarcoma

Startups I worked for:
Google, AdMob, Meebo

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I found a problem I really care about and I didn't find an existing solution that made sense

My favorite startups:
Airbnb, Uber

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Everything feels slow around you!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
It is important to believe in a vision – and validate assumptions as quickly as reasonably possible. all these data points from the market will give you the confidence needed to keep going full steam.

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

  1. Prioritize is everything
  2. You need a fantastic team
  3. Green tea has caffeine in it

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Description: Provide a flexible, social, enjoyable and eco-friendly commute through time-shared wi-fi enabled shuttles. Businesses or riders only pay ...
Bio: Co-Founder and CEO of RidePal - Google Shuttles for the rest of us

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