Eric King

Eric King

San Francisco, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since July 23, 2007
34 Splash Points
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Credentials Accredited Investor
1992 Southern Illinois University , BA , University Studies
2003 San Francisco State University , MBA , Masters Business Administration

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If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to be my own boss, and be in control.

My favorite startups:

Paypal, FaceBook, Zynga, Groupon

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

Frustrating = not all members of the team/investor group are working towards the same goal

Rewarding = when you see the product you can see your fingerprints on it

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Underestimate importance of good people and preciousness of cash

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

Team is most important attribute for success
Maintain focus on building great company/product and rest will follow
It will take more time/cash/work/etc than you had expected to be successful

Full bio

Eric is the founder of Gladius Capital Group, providing transaction advisory services and interim C-level leadership for companies of $5 - $50 million, and over his career has led or advised on acquisitions or divestitures totaling nearly $12 billion. Prior to Gladius he co-founded and served as the President and CFO of, an online lead generation company that he successfully sold to Bankrate, Inc. Prior to that he held corporate development roles at Providian Financial Corporation, a subprime consumer lender, and USI Insurance Holdings, a middle market insurance broker roll-up. Eric earned his BA from Southern Illinois University and MBA from San Francisco State University.