Michael Garrity, president, CEO and co-founder of consumer lending firm Financeit, is a human(e) man. And he is an entrepreneur.
Today he gave a talk at our MaRS Mornings breakfast series about his journey as an entrepreneur, and here—the thesis of this very brief piece—is why it was excellent.
Because he told the truth.
The myth of entrepreneurship is that everyone is “crushing it” and doing so all the time, without exception. Michael told the story about how little things such as bad timing, a global financial crisis, and a myriad of other stuff beyond and sometimes well within your control, can work against the success of your startup. And sometimes these things hit your startup so hard in the face that you reel for the remainder of your days.
Today in Toronto, here at MaRS, he communicated this in an immensely approachable way. After sharing his own story of entrepreneurial ups and downs, which has led him to the very successful present of his current startup, he shared his personal roadmap for entrepreneurs and startups.
Awesome talk. Full house. Superb advice for Toronto entrepreneurs. If you missed it, follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MaRSMornings.
Join us at our next MaRS Mornings event on March 4 to hear from Dan Debow, founding partner of the Creative Destruction Lab, senior vice-president of emerging technologies at Salesforce.com, and the co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, a social performance management platform that was acquired by Salesforce in early 2012. Dan will offer highlights of his entrepreneurial journey, with a focus on how to tell the right story to sell your product. Registration opens soon!