Working with startups ignites a passion deep in my core to help them launch and succeed in spectacular ways. All while having fun, too!Eric Knight
Get to know me
What makes me a good mentor?
I am an entrepreneur, through and through, and I love helping others succeed in the business journey.
I particularly enjoy working with startups, as the energy is a wonderful fuel for all parties involved. Sure, the grind of business creation, launch, and operation can be excruciating at times. But that doesn't mean it can’t be fun, too!
Since I've “been there, done that” -- many times -- I can help businesses avoid pitfalls that lurk around corners and help ventures zoom over speed bumps that can slow down less-nimble enterprises.
I have consulted for the world’s largest conglomerates; entities in the Fortune 500; local businesses; and individuals with dreams to change the world. There is essentially no industry or business type that I haven’t touched over my career. Even rockets that shoot into space. Really. (Feel free to check out my business bio at www.RemarkableTechnologies.com.)
Specifically regarding mentoring: I enjoy providing open office hours a couple of days per week through Connecticut Innovation’s CTNext program. I am at the reSET Business Factory (Hartford) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. My calendar is online and “self serve”. Just go to the following link, pick a day and time that works for you, and -- presto! -- we'll connect: www.resetco.org/resource/eir/
My approach is simple: I ask you where you are and where you want to be. And I am really, really good at getting a business from Point A to Point B.
Knowledge of the marketplace / competitive landscape is essential to carving out a sustainable competitive position with maximum upsides. So we will talk as much about others as we will about you and your offering.
I am not a big fan of zillion-page business plans. If a company can’t express its virtues and success factors on a single piece of paper (like on a Business Model Canvas), then something is fundamentally amiss. True value comes not from quantity, but from the depth and innovation of the strategies themselves.
My college professors who saw that I had the skills to assist in teaching class. I was a T.A. in statistics and physics / astronomy. Through these opportunities, I discovered at a young age that I loved to teach -- and was good at it.