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Joe Du Bey

Co-Founder & CEO at Eden

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since October 31, 2018
Co-Founder & CEO at Eden Quote_down
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2015 Stanford University , MBA , Business
2007 University of Michigan , BA , Business

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

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Stripe, Airbnb, OpenTable, Yelp!, Mindbody

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your 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/innovators 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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Eden is changing the future of work, for everyone. Eden’s office management marketplace makes it easy to run an office, while serving as an economic engine for small service businesses.