8 Austin tech leaders offer advice for finding a startup mentor


This is a great article on builtinausstin by Kelly Jackson about finding mentors for startups by entrepreneurs in Austin who have found mentors and done mentoring themselves. Kelly interviewed eight tech leaders about mentoring. It’s a long article but well worth your time to read. Here’s a headline quote from each of the eight tech leaders:

Monique Maley

“Starting a company can be a lonely business. At the end of the day, I hope that my mentorship provides a sense of support so the entrepreneurs don’t feel so isolated in their journey.”

Rob Taylor

“Seek advice and counsel from a variety of folks, but don’t let the whiplash stall your own decision making or conviction.”

Amos Schwartzfarb 

“There will be an obvious chemistry, like when you meet a new friend and a willingness to let your ego go in exchange for some great lessons.”

Damon Clinkscales

“If I know something or can connect someone who can be helpful to entrepreneurs, it’s gratifying to be able to help.”

Dave Perry

“I really believe in the value of mentoring and hope that we can inspire more people to engage in mentoring — on both sides.”

Maxine Ramirez

I think mentoring is fantastic, but it should be organic in nature

Nicole Engard

Your mentor needs to be someone you’re completely comfortable with. You can’t feel like you can’t ask them questions or share everything with.

Tony Averbeck

“A good mentor wants to teach you to fish, not to be there spoon feeding you caviar.”


Author: Mentorphile

Mentor, coach, and advisor to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. General manager with significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Focus on media and information. On founding team of four venture-backed companies. Currently Chairman of Popsleuth, Inc., maker of the Endorfyn app for keeping fans updated on new stuff from their favorite artists.

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