Jon Shields

Jon Shields

Escondido, California, United States
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1985 University of Louisiana at Lafayette , MS , Computer Science
1982 University of Louisiana at Lafayette , BS , Computer Science

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If you are an entrepreneur, why?

Most people only believe you can do what has already been done; I say NO!

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

The most frustrating aspect about innovation and the vision that goes along with it is having the ability to clearly see the path that must be followed while most others are telling it can't be done and/or they don't even know what "it" is to tell you it can't be done. The most rewarding aspect of being an innovator, or as Ayn Rand puts it, a "Creator", is walking that lonely road and finally crossing the finish line ... successfully!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Underestimating the effort, complexity, and time to achieve their goals.

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

1) Understand both the short and long term goals up front necessary for achieving success and then creating a plan for achieving those goals.
2) Ensure adequate resources for implementation of the plan created; including both money and personnel.
3) Accepting that not everyone will see, much less share, your vision with the same amount of enthusiasm as you do.

Full bio

B.S./M.S. in CS; since 1994 focus in Design & Development of Embedded Data & Voice Comm. (Wired & Wireless) Products.  Primary Roles as a SW Developer for Layers 2-4 of NW Protocol Stacks, also in System & SW Architecture and Technical Mgmt. roles.