Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Michelle Norgan

No. 1 mistake: Trying to get it right the first time around

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
September 21, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Michelle Norgan, co-founder and CPO of Kismet. According to her VEQ, Michelle is good at  product management, thecnology design and marketing management.

(Kismet is one of the top 10 promising startups competing to be the winner at Vator Splash competition. If you want to see them on stage, register to Vator Splash SF here.)

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I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I love the challenge of turning an idea into a flourishing company that solves a real pain point for people.

My favorite startups:
Kismet, Astrid, Crittercism

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
One of the most rewarding parts of entrepreneurship is getting to see your product in action in a real user's hands. Being able to solve a pain point for someone, and helping make their life better is a great feeling.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Trying to get it right the first time around. Building a company takes a lot of learning, and you're going to have to adapt your product and your strategies as you learn more.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Give yourself forcing functions to make sure you meet goals, learn from every single mistake, and make sure the product you're building solves a real problem.

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Bio: Michelle Norgan (Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Kismet) was previously on the founding team of a social startup where ...

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