This past week I was lucky enough to speak with David Bloom, a serial entrepreneur who now teaches at the University of Michigan’s Business school. As an individual the best word I can use to describe him is interesting. He started off as an electrical engineer and worked at the forefront of the tech world. He oversaw one of the biggest mergers in the tech sphere and was geared to live a lucrative lifestyle if he stuck with it. In short, he did not stick with it. Instead, he moved to California and worked at a startup. Unlike today where startups are considered “sexy” and desirable back then working at a start-up was the bottom of the tech totem pole.
He decided to work in the start-up industry because he had the “bug”. This bug, as he described, is a push that entrepreneurs get to innovate. As an individual David jumps between ideas, some successful and some colossal failures. For him, all it takes is an idea and then he pours his time and energy into making it a reality. Amidst this conversation, I came across several pieces of advice that I found enlightening.
1.) For every person you talk to get two more conversations out of it.
2.) Don’t be afraid to talk about failure, too many people are
3.) Right now is the time to learn about Entrepreneurial Discovery
4.) Success with anything is based completely on the user so get to know people
Overall, David was an inspiring man and this conversation was a highlight of the Duke Engage program thus far.