Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Joe Du Bey

The early team defines the later team; be selective and consistent across values and talent

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
November 29, 2018
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Today's entrepreneur is Joe Du Bey. Joe is the CEO and Co-Founder of Eden. Eden is a platform for office management, with a mission to create a better place to work, for everyone. Eden's services include office cleaning, administrative help, IT support, handyman services, and snacks.  
Joe has experience in company building, startup investing, growth stage investing, and M&A investment banking. Prior to Eden, Joe worked as an investor at venture firms, like Maven Ventures, Patamar Capital, Lindsay Goldberg and Barclays Investment Bank. Joe received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BBA from The University of Michigan.  
If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Stripe, Airbnb, OpenTable, Yelp!, Mindbody

Why did you start your current company?

Early in my career, I worked as an investor. I was inspired to build a company after volunteering at Minds Matter San Francisco on its executive team, and I realized how much fun it was to collaborate with others to build a startup organization.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most rewarding is working with talented, mission-driven people to achieve our vision. Specific examples include that feeling when a *really* big client or investor win comes your way (like when we got into Y Combinator), and you know that your company's trajectory has been changed for the better.

I personally don't find startup life frustrating. I think it is fun!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Give up instead of evolving. Almost every iconic company pivoted, or at the minimum, evolved its way to success. Airbnb, Uber, Paypal, and many others became much more than what was originally envisioned.

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

1) Hold strong opinions that you look forward to changing with data.
2) Cash is oxygen. Do not allow yourself to run out.
3) The early team defines the later team. Be selective and consistent across values and talent.

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Description: Eden is the full-stack solution for office management. Our mission is to create a better place to work, for everyone. Our services includ...
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