My friend Cecile Thirion (@cecilesf) sent me tonight an interesting piece of advice from Henrick Wederlin, startup mentor, to ‘mentorees’.
A mentor to early stage startups myself, I have recently helped out SeedCamp last week in both San Francisco and Mountain View with mentoring eleven startups over two days. I have assisted, behind the scenes, Matthieu Dejardins’ ambitious NextUser project come all the way through the hurdles of Adeo Ressi’s Founder Institute program to graduation. I have mentored many other founders in the past year, trying to give back to the tech entrepreneur community after having benefited from incredible mentors as a mentoree as I was starting, growing, and later exiting Realeyes3D and Qipit.
Googleplex, 1900 Building. Where SeedCamp Mountain View took place last week.
Henrick gives a series of advices to startup founders engaged in a mentorship relationship for them to ‘extract the most amount of value” from their mentors (italics are my comments):
I couldn’t agree more with Hendrick’s list. Some of his points are especially relevant for ‘spot’ mentoring opportunities, such as a SeedCamp or Founder Institute session, where mentors are usually assigned to you.
Luckily, in many situations, the mentor relationship has more time to develop. Whether as part of an organized program such as the French American Chamber of Commerce’s Business Booster program, or as an initiative you, the founder, have taken on your own. Weeks, or years.
In that case, I would add what I see are four additional essential pieces of advice if you want to maximize the value of mentoring:
Full article: “Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Mentor” — Fast Company.
The Mobile Revolution (As Seen From a Factory Dock)
A snapshot of 37 years of personal computing through total shipments figures (beware the logarithmic scale; what is most relevant here are the slopes).
Even though the Macintosh platform adoption has accelerated tremendously in recent years (which shows as the linear slope since 2002-3 in the log scale), the revolution is in the mobile platforms. Check the Symbian shipment rates 2001-2004: beats the iPad, on par with early iPhone / RIM rates. Mobile, already. Have we forgotten?
(Nostalgia moment, on my birthday: how many of these platforms have you put your fingers on, coding for them or using them?)
Looking forward to the New World of Personal Computing!
(source: The Economist. Click on graph to go to the article. Via @burtonlee.)
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After building MySQL from a garage project to a groundbreaking success ($1bn sale to Sun), Marten has set his sight on private clouds. Do you know many CEOs who would promise to get their head shaved with the engineering release number engraved on it, if their team was to ship on time? He did. Release #3 was shipped on time, as now showing on his occiput. #ultimategeekiness
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