Mentoring the mentors: Advice and inspiration
for working with startups

Rick Turoczy
Aug 12, 2015 · 6 min read

10 tips for
mentoring startups

1) Common sense is not common.

You make intuitive leaps that are all but impossible
without having had the experiences you’ve had.

2) Your mistakes are often more valuable than your successes.

Mistakes are why you changed what you were doing.
Failures are the things that taught you how to do your job.

3) You don’t have to know everything.

You know what you know. Share that.

4) You are more than your role or profession.

Sometimes, your most valuable feedback comes
not from what your company would say
but from what you would say.

5) Know your limitations.

Don’t make this a chore. Mentoring is a reward.

6) Advise as if you were an employee.

But your role here is not to lead.
Your role is to advise.

7) Be honest.

The most valuable mentoring comes from being honest.
Not nice. But honest.

8) You can’t fix everything. Nor should you.

Your job is to push startups to solve problems themselves.

9) Take it personally.

As a mentor, what comes from
your gut and your heart is often more important
than what comes from your brain.

10) Mentor one another.

If you see another mentor in need of guidance — in need of
your common sense — then pull them aside and share it.

Good luck. And thank you for giving back.




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Rick Turoczy

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More than mildly obsessed with connecting dots in the Portland, Oregon, startup community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj98mr_wUA0

Portland Incubator Experiment

Thoughts on the world of startups from PIE

Rick Turoczy

Written by

More than mildly obsessed with connecting dots in the Portland, Oregon, startup community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj98mr_wUA0

Portland Incubator Experiment

Thoughts on the world of startups from PIE

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