Monday November 28th, Innovateen was presented with the opportunity to meet and learn from entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Martin Tobias. Tobias gave Innovateen members an insight to his journey as an entrepreneur, but also gave advice for students in the audience who seek a start as an entrepreneurs themselves. Tobias gave an informational speech about the risks, mistakes, and most importantly the achievements he has made in his career. Tobias opened his presentation with a short segment about his experiences with business as an adolescent. He explained how from a young age he was always working. The jobs Tobias had in his youth ranged from a simple juice stand in his neighborhood, to being a waiter at a restaurant. Tobias explained how the small things he did in his high school life greatly impacted who he has be- come today. After college, Tobias immersed himself in entrepreneurship, working at Anderson Consulting and Microsoft before launching his company, Ignition, and making other technologi- cal investments. From this point forward, Tobias’s momentum as an entrepreneur continued to grow tremendously, and now he finds himself with an impressive resume. To this day Tobias still resides in Seattle, has been the CEO of three companies, has hired over 15,000 people, and has made investments in over 60 companies.
Tobias heavily emphasized that all entrepreneurs need grit and resilience. Tobias defined grit as "a combination of motivation, impulse control and perseverance.” He said without it, you won’t have the strength to get through hard times, which everyone encounters at some point. An- other key factor he spoke about was finding what he calls “flow” in your work. "Flow" to Tobias is the perfect proportion of your personal skill to the difficulty of your project. He said your goals must be just as difficult as the amount of talent you have in that area. The final concept all entrepreneurs need, he claimed, is a vision. Tobias emphasized that you must strive for a process goal, not an outcome goal. An entrepreneur must work towards a greater purpose rather than merely focusing on profit. Tobias concluded his presentation and encouraged audience participa- tion by answering their questions. Tobias described and enunciated the perseverance, patience, and passion it takes to be an entrepreneur. Innovateen is grateful that he could share his valuable insights and that he has perpetuated an excitement in young students to start making connections and to pursue their business aspirations.
Innovateen Presents: Entrepreneur Martin Tobias
On Monday, November 7th, Innovateen was honored to host its first guest speaker of the year. Maria Royer, president of Real Retail, graciously shared her journey to success with a group of around forty students from schools around Seattle who are interested in pursuing business careers, or are seeking a platform in which they can achieve their business aspirations. Royer delivered an enlightening presentation describing her work and her company’s greatest accomplishments and successes. Additionally, she was able to answer students’ questions while creating an intimate, casual environment. Real Retail, located in Seattle, Washington, offers consulting, leasing and tenant advisory services. Large retail companies like Amazon and Trader Joes work with Real Retail to expand their businesses to locations that will be prosperous for their companies. Royer consults and collaborates with tenants to find properties into which businesses can move based on city demographics and she works to build communities of retailers that complement each other. As she explained her work, Royer connected to the students by asking them where they shopped or ate, encouraging participation from her audience. The students were amazed at the thought and analysis needed to plan a shopping mall, or even a small city. Royer’s words of advice for aspiring business leaders were: “Don’t be afraid. Don’t let your fear hold you back from making mistakes. Tenacity always pays off, and good, old-fashioned work never goes out of style.” Her encouraging words and impeccable stage presence left her audience excited and inspired. Freshman Marc Ribas says that “Ms. Royer’s presentation was engaging and made [him] excited to be a part of Innovateen” (Ribas). Innovateen’s guest speaker series has hit the ground running thanks to Royer’s generosity; the team is grateful for the opportunity to host her as a speaker and is glad to have her support this year as their own business initiative takes flight.
Nov 7- Maria Royer (RealRetail)
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