UpNest is a real estate marketplace that allows consumers to find and hire qualified real estate agents in their area after comparing multiple proposals. CEO Simon Ru, a Berkeley Founders' Pledge member, spoke to us about his latest startup.
Q. Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently at Cal, or what programs/activities/etc. would you have taken advantage of to prepare for your entrepreneurial path?
A. I’d say get out of the classroom, do more internships at local startups (AngelList is a great platform to reach out to founders in early stage startups) and try out different jobs. As an entrepreneur, you have to wear multiple hats. You will need to be comfortable making calls, selling to investors, leading product initiatives, assessing talent, crafting marketing messages, and of course defining your company’s culture and brand. The best way to learn that is to put yourself in a competitive environment and learn the basics from mentors. Hopefully you will have fun, learn a bunch, and build lifelong friendships. Try new things while you’re young - you never know what you will discover. One of these experiences may lead to an unexpected and fulfilling opportunity down the line.