Jeff Stine

Managing Director

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Tell me how you are going to change the world you live in for the better. I’m all ears. My pledge is to listen to you with an open mind and dare to dream with you.

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I have seen firsthand the absolute worst of humanity. But I actively choose instead to focus on the amazing, inspirational things that can be accomplished by passionate, dedicated people working together toward a shared vision. 

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I believe that change happens from the bottom up. While governments and technocrats have an important role to play, lasting, transformational change always comes from a small group willing to risk it all and dream big about a better future.

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It isn’t about me. My achievement is entirely measured in the success of our team and the entrepreneurs I work with.

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I’ve learned infinitely more from my leadership failures than my successes. I’ve had to make seemingly impossible decisions, led an organization kicking and screaming through a big change, worried about missing payroll, lost my temper, stood in front of an angry group of colleagues looking for an explanation, hired promising candidates that didn’t work out, fired friends, and grieved at the loss of a team member. Let’s learn from each other’s mistakes.

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The worst part of my job is that I have to say “No” way more often than I get to say “Yes.” And it isn’t because what you are doing is not worthwhile. Even so, I’ll still try to be helpful, because when an entrepreneur wins, we all win.

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Your venture will have an existential moment where it will either blossom or wither. It is not a question of if, but a question of when. Maybe you’ve already had it. Maybe you are in it right now. How you show up in that moment, and who is on your side when you face it, will make all the difference.

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I love industries that most people take for granted but underpin the way the world works around us. While others might be more excited about the latest and greatest consumer gadgets that we don’t know how we are going to use (yet), I get more excited about revolutionizing everyday infrastructure, services and networks.

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My goal is to be your first call. When something goes wrong, when something goes right, or when you need someone to talk to. I may not have all the answers, but you are not alone—we are in this together and we will figure it out together.

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We are likely different from each other. But that can be a feature, not a bug. Let’s celebrate each other’s strengths and use them to make each other better, little by little, each and every day, and change the world in the process.

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Perspectives:

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