Manu Kumar is the Founder and Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures: A technology focused pre-seed venture capital firm partnering with startups like Lyft, Osmo, and Twilio. Manu is also a visiting lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches HCI In The Real World.
Prior to founding K9 Ventures, Manu founded iMeet and SneakerLabs and served as a co-founder and founding advisor to Cardmunch and eShares. He is also a founding advisor and investor in Lytro Inc.
Episode #1346 Manu Kumar: To Succeed As A Founder, Strengthen These Traits
Manu and Jenna discuss the night he went from being a hacker to an entrepreneur as a student at Carnegie Mellon and his experiences running his first startup SneakerLabs, including the massive data outage that nearly compromised the company. They chat about why humility is a crucial trait all founders must possess and the importance of always recognizing that a large part of your success is based on luck. Manu also shares observations of companies retaining a day one mentality by practicing just in time learning and deploying small teams to focus on the key things your business needs right now.