Insights From the Founder of App Startup Clink (Formerly Jobbox)

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Any entrepreneur can tell you, launching a startup is a learning process. Therefore, one of the best things you can do prior to launching a startup of your own is to learn from those who have blazed the trail. We were fortunate enough to hear some valuable insights during our interview with Stephen Bradshaw of Clink (Formerly Jobbox). that will inspire, motivate, and teach aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

“Start now. You are your MVP (mean viable product). Done is not perfect. Start with what you have and who you are, and iterate along the way.”

What is your advice for entrepreneurs in your industry specifically?

“Stick to being excellent in more, or at most two things. Don’t try to do everything because you won’t end up doing anything with excellence. Also, not every customer is your customer. You don’t have to acquire 100% of the market. You only need the segment of the market that resonates with your specialty and your story.”

What is your advice for coming up with a unique startup idea?

“First, evaluate your niche and specific gift. If you’re not entrenched in a space or a master in a craft, it will be hard to lead a startup effectively in that area. You have to be in tune with the market.”

What is your advice for overcoming challenges and failure?

“Challenges and failure are evidence of lack. You either had a hole in your defense that was exposed, you didn’t study your opponent well enough, or you didn’t have the capacity to lift the prescribed weight. [Whatever] the case, by experiencing the challenge or failure, you can prepare a better strategy moving forward. Failures should become your future successes.”

What is the biggest lesson you learned and what can aspiring entrepreneurs take from it?

“Do the right thing. Too often I have tried to please those around me instead of doing what was right. Whether it’s not firing the team member that isn’t gelling with others, firing a customer because they are difficult, not choosing a vendor even though they are nice — follow your gut, do the right thing, and do what’s at the greatest benefit of the vision of the business.”

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