Today's Entrepreneur: Michael Carvin

Kristin Karaoglu · July 30, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Giving up


Today's Entrepreneur is Michael Carvin, CEO and Co-founder of According to his VEQ Michael is thought leader and is good at finance management and product management.

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:

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

My favorite startups:

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Everything is personal.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Giving up.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. Persistence pays
2. Talk to your users / customers
3. Don't get distracted

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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SmartAsset makes life’s biggest decisions easier by bringing full transparency to the process. It’s the Web’s first personal finance platform designed to empower people with highly personalized information and recommendations around major financial decisions. SmartAsset’s platform will start with home buying analysis and expand to over 24 other life-changing financial decisions, such as whether to go back to school or when to retire.  Founded in 2011, SmartAsset is funded by Y Combinator and angel investors in New York and Silicon Valley.


Michael Carvin

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Co-founder and CEO of SmartAsset. Strong business, corporate finance background. Previous 6 years working in Private Equity. Princeton University '04.