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Today's Entrepreneur: Ben Lilienthal

No. 1 Mistake: They don't realize how hard it is easy to get customer adoption

Innovation series by Mitos Suson
April 22, 2016
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Today's Entrepreneur is Ben Lilienthal, Co-founder and CEO of ScreenMeetScreenMeet is screen sharing for professionals – for the first time enabling apps, information and presentations to be shared instantly from your phone and computer to any device.

Lilienthal is a serial entrepreneur in communications, an avid surfer, mountain biker, hiker, traveler and food policy geek and he is also active in Lilienthal started and sold 2 companies to public co's including audio conferencing platform to Citrix Online that powers GoToMeeting.

ScreenMeet self-categorizes in these areas: CollaborationEnterprise software, and Mobile.

Here's a little about Lilienthal:

I am a(n): Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded: 
Nascent Technologies, Vapps, OneTok, ScreenMeet

Companies I work or worked for: 
Citrix Online

Company exits (of companies you founded): 
Vapps, Inc , Citrix Online 
Nascent Technologies , CMGI 

Achievements (products built, personal awards won): Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellows

If you are an entrepreneur, why? 
I like the challenge

My favorite startups: 
Nascent, Vapps, ScreenMeet

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation? 
I like the challenge on bringing new products

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make? 
They don't realize how hard it is easy to get customer adoption

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

1) Show up everyday and work hard 
2) Continue to innovate both on the technology and then go to market 
3) Double down when things work

What do you before enlightment? Chop Wood/Carry Water

What do you do after enlightenment? 
Chop Wood/Carry Water

Full bio

Start-up product, sales and marketing aficionado.  I have started 4 companies from scratch and sold 2 to public companies.  1 failed and ScreenMeet is #4.

I believe the opportunity we are pursuing with ScreenMeet is enormous.  We are creating a brand-new category on mobile which is adjacent to the web conferencing business but has the opportunity to be much bigger.  In addition to defining the category, we have the opportunity to own the category.

ScreenMeet is one of the top 8 finalist competing in the Splash Spring. The top eight of the competition will compete live on stage at Splash Spring on May 12 at Scottish Rite Center, Oakland. Register here.

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