I don't have just one role model - rather, pieces of inspiration from many different entrepreneurs. One of the great things about being an entrepreneur is that it naturally enables you to build a village of advisors and role models.
Swaying to new beats, hearing old favorites, and drinking expensive beer are ageless pastimes.
My mom always instilled in me that it was braver to ask for help when you need it. That has absolutely stuck with me over the years but became even more important in practice once I became a mother. It may sound trite, but the concept of 'it takes a village' really could not be more true.
I think having a visionary CEO is awesome, and visionary leadership is one thing, but you also need checks and balances on whether this company can withstand a very honest and critical look at itself.
When we set out to build Eventbrite, we had to face many challenges and come up with creative solutions to get past them. Each time we learned new ways to cope, we became a stronger and more cohesive team.
Whether you're a founder, a leader, or an individual contributor, building a strong team is critical to your success.
We thought we could reinvent the way people came together for live events. We wanted to ticket everything from a five-person yoga class to a 10-person cookery class to a fashion event.
Our team finds motivation in knowing that we're transforming the ticketing industry, this notion that we're bringing democratization to an industry and disrupting it using technology.
Since the earliest days of Eventbrite, we've made our people core to our mission. Our culture is an ever-evolving manifestation of those on our team. As people join, we believe in earning their trust by demonstrating we'll embrace them and help them grow.
Millennials are the experiences generation.
I didn't play any extreme sports growing up. I never surfed, and I grew up in Santa Cruz. I was very good at doing what I was told, taking direction, and staying middle of the road. I mean, they called me 'grandma' in college.
I think entrepreneurship is combining a passion with the tenacity to problem-solve and the fearlessness to fail.
If you think about stripping away 80 percent of the things that don't matter and focusing on the the 20 percent that will actually make a difference, I think you'll find great results even in the toughest of situations and the harshest of environments.
One of the biggest mistakes that founders can make is doing something that maybe seems like a great idea, and seems like a good use of time, but actually isn't measurable, significant, incremental growth.
I think a universal feeling that we all share is that live experiences create indelible memories.
One of the reasons why we were so successful in integrating with Facebook was because we saw people using Facebook to promote their event and link back to Eventbrite before Facebook Connect and before the event's API was even available.
Every day is sort of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure that you're putting the most important things first.
I think people are intelligent, empathetic, multi-dimensional.
People are multi-dimensional and crave a multi-sensory experience.
It's incredibly important to be - once you do have a product - acutely observational about the trends.