On today’s episode I caught up with Kevin Koym, who is the founder and CEO of TechRanch, a venture accelerator for early-stage startups.
What to look for in a venture accelerator. Much of the value in the top-tier programs—the most famous and sought-after accelerators like Y-Combinator and TechStars—has to do with the halo effect. You’ll have contact and mentorship opportunities with people who can really help move your business forward. Second-tier programs can also offer a lot of value in the community. Beware of programs whose primary emphasis is on the mechanics and structure of the business process.
Entrepreneurship is a skill that can be learned. The post-industrial economy is here. Many corporate jobs are migrating to outsourced skilled labor. This is going to necessitate the learning of very diverse skillsets by self-employed people and entrepreneurs who are working increasingly in a decentralized and meshed economic environment.
Links and resources mentioned in this episode.
- TechRanch Austin
- Venture Forth.co
- Kevin Koym on LinkedIn
- Youtube is the modern day Gutenberg press