1st-time CEO learnings (vol. 1)

a 3 part series detailing what I’ve learned as a 1st-timer

Brian Parks
Jun 5, 2014 · 9 min read

Volume 1 of 3 (9 minute read)

1. Why I’ve Written This

2. Be the Expert, NOT the “yes man”

I landed on Ace Ventura as best Jim Carrey character to emulate as a CEO. He was driven by his passion, his insanity was alluring and he did not let anything stand in his way to get shit done.

What do your supporters offer you and your business?

Top 3 Things I did Wrong

6 Takeaways for CEO’s

3. Be Reckless

If you are not part of the 4.7% of people on the planet who have access to internet and have watched this, do so (after finishing this piece) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6DmHGYy_xk

Fail Fast

Be Aggressive

Mistakes as an Asset

4. Raise with Caution

This one really needs volume to do it justice. Such a baller - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlrcAfheHqo

Check Yourself

Get Yourself Comfortable First

By Determining What’s Meaningful

Empathize with Investors

Know Your Shit

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I work in finance with startups and, on occasion, write about things completely unrelated to both.

Denver Startup Community 

Startup-related content created by people who currently work for a startup based in Denver, CO. This collection is to serve as a facilitator for knowledge sharing, conversation, relationship-building and encouragement. We’re all in this together, let’s make it kickass together!