Wednesday, February 15, 2023

The Power of Self-Awareness in a CEO

While attending the Florida Venture Forum last week, I had the opportunity to meet with early-stage CEOs from across the State. Most were seeking investments or other types of partnerships, and one meeting led to an interesting dialogue that highlighted a critical element for a scalable leader…self-awareness.

In the midst of a conversation he and I were having over the future plans for the company, from product development, to which markets to scale, to the capital he hoped to raise, he said to me, “And I am probably not the guy to get us there.” He went on to explain that he was primarily an engineer, loved designing new products, and was proud and excited to get the business to this stage, but that maximizing the opportunity was likely going to need someone with a different business background and experience than his. “I believe we have really built something game-changing and getting it out into the market is the most important thing to me.”

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Volusia County Economic Development "Q" Breakfast

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Innovation Stories: Fintech Meets Higher Ed

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Introduction to Web3 and Digital Assets Series

The Introduction to Web3 and Digital Assets series in March 2023 will provide an introduction to accepting digital assets for your business, blockchain, decentralized finance [DeFi], NFT Marketplaces, the Metaverse, and Web3 Wallets.



2023 Women Who Mean Business Awards Celebration

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