Friday, April 25, 2014

On startups and grownups: You can't fake authenticity

On startups and grownups: You can't fake authenticity

 - Sam Yagan
Sam Yagan
Sam Yagan has a simple way to tell if you're sufficiently passionate about the company you work for: T-shirts.
"I don't want to have a job where I don't want to wear the T-shirt," Mr. Yagan, a three-time entrepreneur who now is CEO of Match Group, told an Executives' Club audience last night at Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. while sporting a T-shirt under his blazer.
In a broad-ranging discussion with fellow entrepreneurs Chuck Templeton and Howard Tullman, he offered a secret about relationship building: "Start by asking what you can do for them, doing them a favor," Mr. Yagan said.
 - Howard Tullman
Howard Tullman
Mr. Tullman, CEO of 1871Vand a serial entrepreneur who's prolific on social media, offered some sharp observations on its limitations. He described LinkedIn, if used indiscriminately, as "a system where we can harass an unlimited number of people."
"I think it's detrimental to building quality relationships," he said. "What we end up with is something a mile wide and an inch deep."
Follow John on Twitter at @JohnPletz.

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