What do you consider your greatest success?
1871, the hub for technology and entrepreneurship in Chicago, ranked as the #1 university-affiliated business incubators in the United States, welcomed Anjli Jain, Managing Partner at EVC Ventures, in the 1871 family as a Mentor. She will work with 1871 to help and support start-ups accelerate their journey in the world of technology and business.
What did you have to learn the hard way?
Hire people based on their attitude, not just their aptitude.
What skills do you think are the most important for an entrepreneur to have?
Creative thinking, problem solving, minimalism, organization, vision, and a charismatic personality.
Who was your role model as you were coming up in your field?
My grandfather – he passed by the time I started my first company but he, much to my surprise, wrote an autobiography about his life and most importantly about his journey into entrepreneurship. I was inspired by his integrity and how he stood up for his vision and values, even though the odds were stacked up against him.
What's one piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur?
Revenue first – then build.
Which song is the soundtrack to your life? “My Shot” - Hamilton
What book would you recommend every entrepreneur read? Anything that keeps you curious. I am currently reading The Power of Habit.
What's your comfort food? Dim sum.
What's your daily ritual? Wake up early, exercise, have a strong breakfast - with two shots of espresso - then out to make a difference. Each day is a gift.
What's your personal mantra? Make it happen.
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