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William Harris

William Harris

Co-Founder of Raskils and Software Engineer. Innovation: taking something you love and something you want or need and creating something even better.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/william-harris/43/467/5a6/
Others: http://www.raskils.com
San Diego, California, United States
Member since April 07, 2014
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I am a(n):

Developer

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I love eating Ramen.

My favorite startups:

Vibop, Up&Up

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

Entrepreneurship is what legos were to you as a kid. You see some pieces and you see the potential to make something unique out of them. And then there is innovation - that's where you see those pieces and you wish you could make some of custom sizes and shapes to make a creation that is truly original and unique and perhaps even functional.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

I think this is largely opinion based - however I would say developing a platform with high expense and no functionality for monetization.

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

Take what you think will be invested into your project - multiply by .25 and that will be double what you actually get.
Heavy investments will come - at precisely the point you probably don't need them anymore.
You only get ONE chance at a first impression.
Diversify! Then support the diversity or be crushed beneath it.

Full bio

Starting my career in an advanced Technical Rating in the US Navy I moved to the civilian sector to do Tech support moving on to Server and Network Administration and finally to Programming. Continuing to learn and grow and expand my skill base I moved from scripting and basic programming in Visual Basic and Flash Action Script to more powerful languages like C# and Java. Following several years in high paced and intense programming environments I am now working heavily with Microsoft MVC and mobile applications.