Today's Entrepreneur: Ramana Rao

Kristin Karaoglu · July 9, 2012 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2819

Be careful on initial conditions of founding & funding & structure

Today's Entrepreneur is Ramana Rao, CEO and Founder of OwnTown. According to his VEQ, Ramana is a thought leader and is good at technology design and product management.

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I am a(n):
Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
OwnTown, iCurrent, Inxight

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to build products that people use

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
How critical your time is to succeeding - the only resource that matters

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Don't know about that - but the #1 mistake I made in my last cycle was not working hard enough to find the version of my idea that could take off NOW!

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1) careful on initial conditions of founding & funding & structure - you never recover from original sin.
2) set the slope before you get too much x
3) product greatness isn't enough to achieve the slope you need to get money

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

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Ramana Rao

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CEO & Founder of Owntown. Founder of iCurrent (acquired by Washington Post) & Inxight (acquired by Business Objects). Xerox PARC researcher. MIT graduate.