What a way to start the New Year. Neal Dempsey (General Partner of Bay Partners) called to say I was one of four to be invited to San Francisco to take part in his one month mentorship program – The Running Start. I think he wondered if I had heard him because for a moment I was so overwhelmed, I was actually speechless. How do you say thank you to reflect the gratitude and also the shock one feels in that moment?
To give you a bit of a backstory, the Coconut Calendar team attended the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland and amongst 47,000 people Jane Gideon happened to strike up a conversation with my colleague Romeo Iula, and I. It felt to me that Jane and I had clicked. She later asked me to join her and Harry Marshall, both of whom are working with Neal Dempsey to organize his ‘Neal’s Running Start’ mentorship program in Silicon Valley, in the Investor Lounge. To make a long story short, after Harry and Jane interviewed me, they felt that I might be a good candidate.”
This led to three more interviews, multiple emails, calls, and some homework assignments. From that, I advanced to an interview with Mr. Dempsey.
Here is what I learned from our first call.
1) Neal wants to cut through the “mist”, make you comfortable, and find out who you really are. He does this quickly and accurately. It’s quite impressive.
2) He uncovered one of my personal obstacles and provided me advice that changed my perspective on business. Even if I wasn’t awarded the mentorship program, this was priceless.
3) Whether he knew it or not, he reminded me to think bigger and this recharged me. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our daily lives we forget the grand vision.
The Running Start program will start April 23rd and runs till May 24th. The winning candidates include myself, Katherine Regnier – Coconut Calendar (Canada), Antti Rikkien – Zero Keyboard (Finland), Neal Oddens – IncreaseOnline (Amsterdam) and Mario Aguilera – Tespack (Finland)
Thank you to the Running Start Team. I’m excited to be apart of this elite mentorship opportunity. See you in the valley.