Today's Entrepreneur: Jon Lawrence

Kristin Karaoglu · August 10, 2012 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Be prepared

Today's Entrepreneur is  Jon Lawrence, CEO of GxStream. According to his VEQ, Jon is a thought leader and is good at fund raising and team motivation. 

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:
Titan Motion Picture Group, Vino Veritas, GxStream

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I'm compelled to build things that create more value than they capture.

My favorite startups:
Cheezburger Networks (not a startup anymore),

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Most frustrating: When you finally act on a recognized mistake and you know you could have/should have acted earlier.

Most rewarding: Building something that connects with it's audience or user community. (same thing, really).

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Thinking that *your* path will be shorter/faster/easier than all the stories of difficulty we've all heard. It won't. Be prepared.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1. It always takes longer than you think it should or will.
2. Get outstanding legal counsel for the company.
3. Ask. You never know what someone is going to say or do for you unless you ASK. If you don't have the guts to ask, don't be an entrepreneur.

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Kristin Karaoglu

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

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