CEO Advice for Startups

written by bethburgee on October 31, 2012 in Opinions and Startups with no comments
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We can tell Duncan McCall, CEO and Co-Founder at PlaceIQ likes a few things: the hustle, multi-dimensional information analytics and validating the value of his passon. PlaceIQ will be presenting at Under the Radar in a few weeks. Tickets to see all of our presenting companies are still on sale.

If you could give a TED Talk, what would it be about?
How we can build a better, more connected, and efficient society by leveraging all the smart sensor data humans are now creating in this always connected, mobile and context aware digital world.

What one piece of advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
‘Do something you believe in’ or ‘never give up’ are the cliché’s that are true – but my additional advice would be never underestimate the power of relationships to help a fledgling company get a toehold.

Which other internet startup do you respect the most?
Buddymedia (although probably no longer a ‘startup’) an amazing mix of marketing, product and sales with a relentless drive on execution.

Who’s the most impressive founder you’ve ever met and why?
Only really met him in passing, but Larry Ellison, whilst he’s a polarizing figure you have to respect his focus on living life by his own rules and being hugely successful doing it.

What’s the first website you check out every day?
Techmeme

What’s been your favorite moment since starting your company?
So many, sitting around my kitchen table with the founding team was great, but cashing the first really big checks from customers and realizing we had built something with real value – was a special moment.