MIke McDerment
MIke McDerment

Last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 lecture featured Mike McDerment, the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks. Mike outlined nine “morsels” or tips for entrepreneurs and potential-entrepreneurs based on his experiences. His points were simple, but solid. Here are just three

  • Stick to your values and surround yourself with people who share them
  • Say no – don’t accept every opportunity that comes your way
  • Take your time – don’t be first; be the best

You can find the rest in his presentation and video.

As captivating as his points were, I was impressed with his attitude offstage. I could tell that he lives his values and genuinely wants to share the lessons he’s learned with others. When attendees expressed how much they learned from him, his first response was, “why?” He did not take their comments for granted nor allow themselves to either. He would listen intently to their response but also engage with them to help them learn things about themselves; make them think about their own businesses and verbalize their ideas. His points transcended beyond his slides and excellent public speaking abilities into practice — by encouraging other entrepreneurs to stay focused, listen to their gut and do their best.

Downloads and Resources:

Entrepreneurship 101 2010/11 – Week 3 – Lived It Lecture with Mike McDerment from MaRS Discovery District on Vimeo.
Ent101 Lived It Lecture – Mike McDerment
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Amrutha Simon

Amrutha works with MaRS Media to deliver high quality digital assets to clients for their marketing and business needs. Previously she was the Senior Program Associate for the Business Acceleration Program and provided support to entrepreneurs through the Regional Innovation Centres in the ONE network. She is also the Chair of the MaRS Social Committee and leads the team on organizing various events for MaRS staff. See more…