Startup summit: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ for all of us

Founder and CEO Steve Jurvetson speaks during a session titled ‘It is the right way to invest in your startup’ at the TechStars conference in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

The conference, organized by the venture capital firm KKR, brings together a group of VCs and business leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. 

Jurvetsons company, Wickr, is focused on allowing users to share photos and videos in a way that is more personal.

JURVESTSON: You have a choice in how you want to interact with other people.

You can upload a picture of your kids.

You could upload a photo of yourself, your wife, your dog.

Or you could choose to send them a picture and say, “Hey, this is a picture that you’re sending to someone else.

Here’s your name, age, and phone number.

You have 15 seconds to respond.”

Or you can choose to upload a video.

And if you choose to, you can put it on YouTube and the people that you are watching will watch it.

If they like the video, they will get a credit in the credit card and they will be able to get the video from their account.

And that’s it.

And it’s the best way to connect with people.

In order to reach the millions of people who are trying to do the same thing, WEST is offering the first ever Startup Summit to showcase their work.

They will be speaking at the Startup Summit on Wednesday, April 5.

The event, which is being hosted by KKR’s Enterprise Venture Partners, is a one-day conference.

The first three days will be dedicated to incubating companies and investors.

The fourth day will focus on training entrepreneurs.

Here are the top takeaways from the Startup summit that will be featured on the show.


Startups don’t have to have a product to reach their audience.

It’s about the user experience, not the product itself. 

“The most important thing to learn from your startup is that it doesn’t have a particular product, but rather the experience of the user interacting with the product,” says Adam Gopnik, co-founder and CEO of Yandex.

“If you can’t do that, your product won’t sell.


Startup founders should be able, and they must, take risks.

The best way for founders to build an audience is to take risks and invest in what they love to do.”

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So I’ve built a business around learning how to build apps and how to monetize them.” 


There is no silver bullet.

Entrepreneurs can only succeed if they’re passionate, but they also have to find ways to make money.

“I would never recommend anybody to do a start-up that they haven’t tried,” says Gurumurthy.

“But I would say that when you have a passion for something, you should try it.” 

“Startup investors should be excited about investing in a start up because it’s an opportunity to be in a position to help others grow their business, and the money is a great way to do that,” adds Gopnick. 


Startup entrepreneurs are smart enough to find the right mentors.

The only thing that you need to do is make the right connections.

“Startups should be driven by passion,” says Lutz.

“They should be looking to make a positive impact. 

They should want to get to the next level, which means building a business and building a product that they can sell. 

If you don’t, your company won’t make money.”5.

Start ups can grow faster than VCs, but the process takes a long time. 

According to Gopny, there is no “one-size-fits-all” formula for how to grow a company.

It depends on what you want out of the process. 

For example, one of the biggest challenges is getting the right people to work with you.

“If you’re just starting out and you have two or three employees and you don’s and don’t know who’s going to work on the business, then you’re probably going to be a lot of trouble,” says Gopnisk.

“And that’s okay.

You’re going to find a way to make the work easier, to make sure you’re able to manage the team and the process.””

If I were starting a start to start a business, I would have hired more people, or even hired myself,” says InvenSense’s Lutz (left).

“But now that I’m a partner and working for a company,