How to Juggle Multiple Businesses While Serving Your Community

Tien Wong
Tien Wong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and super connector in the DC entrepreneurial community. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Tech2000, an IT firm that provides advanced technology training and mobile device software to the federal government and Fortune 500 companies, Chairman of Lore Systems, an IT services firm specializing in managed datacenter hosting, cloud computing, IT networking, and Chairman and CEO of Opus8, a private investment and advisory firm. Tien is also the founder and host of Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum, a community that connects entrepreneurs and investors in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In this episode, Tien talked about how to effectively manage multiple projects at the same time, what are the most important considerations when evaluating your business ideas, and how to know that your product/service really solves a customer problem. He also shared other lessons learned through years of entrepreneurial experience and explained why “your network is your net worth” for an entrepreneur.

“Be self-aware. Know your limit. But you have to have the supreme confidence that you are going to win.”

– Tien Wong


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How to Get Traction as A Two-Sided Marketplace

how to get traction as a market place, ric fleisher

Ric Fleisher is the Chief Operating Officer of UpsideDoor, a real estate platform that helps you sell your house without paying high commissions. Previously he cofounded, a company that runs a mobile road-side assistance marketplace. Ric has more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales and technology and has been involved with numerous start-ups.

In this interview, Ric talks about how to assemble a founding team for a startup, how to get traction as a two-sided marketplace, how to evaluate your business ideas, and how to get early stage funding. I want you to especially pay attention to what Ric says about focus. His company, initially tried to offer lots of different kinds of on-demand services. It wasn’t until they narrowed it down to one category that they started getting traction.

“We were trying to do too much at the beginning. It was the focus that helped us get traction.”

– Ric Fleisher



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