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Success of Software Entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh. Joe Tomlin Kanika Dua Andreas Rindler Rajiv Saxena Colleen Li Ting Shih Mindy Columbus Chris Lin. Agenda. Profile of an Entrepreneur Catalysts for Success Impediments/encouragements to entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh Growth Path

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Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Success of Software Entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh

Joe Tomlin

Kanika Dua

Andreas Rindler

Rajiv Saxena

Colleen Li

Ting Shih

Mindy Columbus

Chris Lin


Agenda

Agenda

  • Profile of an Entrepreneur

  • Catalysts for Success

  • Impediments/encouragements to entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh

  • Growth Path

  • Lessons Learned


Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs

Scott Craven

cs|enlign

Evan Indianer

Indianer Computer Corp.

Thomas Emerson

Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Henry Thorne

Aethon, Inc.


What makes an entrepreneur

What makes an entrepreneur?

  • Live and breathe work

  • Willingness to embrace risk

  • Constant Change/Improvement

  • Burning desire to excel

  • Courage, persistence

  • Common sense business decisions


Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Scott Craven


What were the catalysts for success

What were the catalysts for success?

  • Real customers, real needs

  • Be the first to do it

  • Universal solution

  • Business Team


Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Evan Indianer


Impediments to business in pittsburgh

Impediments to business in Pittsburgh

  • Parochial Atmosphere

  • Unfavorable tax structure

  • Retaining talent


Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Evan Indianer


Encouragements for business in pittsburgh

Encouragements for business in Pittsburgh

  • Parochial Atmosphere (yes, it’s both!)

  • Unique initiatives

  • Abundance of talent and technical expertise


Growth

Growth

  • Networking

  • Word of mouth

  • Good support structure

  • Attention to profit & loss

    “If you’re not growing, you’re dying” – Evan Indianer


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned

  • Not everyone is an entrepreneur

  • Manage variability and achieve cost-savings by contracting

  • Technology is a tool, focus on the customer

  • Listen to your environment


Success of software entrepreneurs in pittsburgh

Don’t think that if you have a great idea, you are entitled to have a great business” – Henry Thorne

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