Entrepreneurial Learning On-The-Fly

April 26, 2014

in Personal Improvement, Starting Up


One of my favorite parts of working with startups is the opportunity to learn so many things on-the-fly. Here are ways that learning on-the-fly happens in a startup:

  • engineers comfortable with a particular technology need to learn something new to complete a project
  • sales or marketing people need to learn website design and maintenance (and they can do a great job at it)
  • engineers have to sell
  • young non-managers have to become managers, including hiring older professionals such as lawyers and accountants
  • learning the venture money business, dealing with angels, VCs, or incubators
  • anyone having to learn legal, real estate, insurance, or all the trappings of running a business
  • everyone learning the fundamentals of building, selling and becoming productive

A few days ago, I mentioned that there are new leaders joining our team. These new team members will have to do a lot of entrepreneurial learning on-the-fly. Their success or failure will largely depend upon how quickly they are able to adapt themselves to the ground realities of entrepreneurship.

What are other ways learning on-the-fly occurs in startups?


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