Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Mike Salguero, the CEO and Co-Founder of CustomMade—the world’s largest online marketplace for hiring makers to create exactly what you want. To learn more, visit CustomMade.com or follow them on Facebook and @CustomMade.
A mixture of hard work and luck got CustomMade into the portfolio for Google Ventures. (Not too shabby, considering they’ve just expanded their fund to $300 Million a year to invest in startups.) My co-founder, Seth Rosen, and I just got back from a whirlwind weekend at the Google Ventures Founder & CEO Summit in Mountain View, CA and I wanted to share a few takeaways from our experience for those out there who have the hard work stuff pat down, but maybe haven’t quite gotten that bit of luck yet.
- Don’t judge a speaker by his or her topic. CustomMade is a startup that helps people buy exactly what they want by connecting them with local artisans and craftspeople across North America. Needless to say, we didn’t think we had a whole lot in common with a billion-dollar political campaign. But when we saw Eric Schmidt talk about his experiences just coming off of the Obama campaign, we learned a ton about his insights on communication, technology and how our company could really play into it all. What’s the takeaway? Even when