How to Support and Encourage Entrepreneurs - Slava Rubin

In Chapter 7 of 16 in his 2010 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur and IndieGoGo co-founder Slava Rubin answers "What Has Been Most Surprising About the Peer Support You Have Received Since Making the Transition to Become an Entrepreneur?" Rubin highlights the different ways both entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs have supported him in his transition from corporate management consultant to Internet startup IndieGoGo co-founder. Rubin finds non-entrepreneurs, including those working corporate jobs, can provide encouragement while not necessarily sharing the same desire to start a company and assume the risk associated with starting a business.

Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo empowers anyone, anywhere, anytime to raise funds for any idea—creative, cause-related or entrepreneurial. Prior to Indiegogo, Rubin worked as a management consultant. He earned his BSE degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Erik Michielsen: What has been most surprising about the peer support you`ve received since making the transition to become an entrepreneur?

Slava Rubin:  There is definitely a respect between entrepreneurs and there is definitely something about people who are not entrepreneurs who respect entrepreneurial spirit.  That doesn`t mean that they too want to be entrepreneurs, but they respect it.  It takes a lot of guts and it takes a lot of risk to go away from the norm.  People know the white picket fence, the corporate job, the insurance salesman, all that good stuff and having all of the perfect amenities.   But to be able risk some of those things and to try to create something on your own or with a team, of course, is challenging and I would say respect is a pretty consistent word.