Joe stump on Staying Composed When Things Do Not Go as Planned

In Chapter 6 of 14 in his 2012 interview, Internet entrepreneur Joe Stump answers "How Have You Learned to Adapt When Things Have Not Worked Out As Planned?"  Over time, Stump follows the idiom "don't cry over spilt milk" and not to get hung up on things that cannot be changed.  Stump keeps his composure through difficult times and continue starting, building, and advising companies.  Joe Stump is a serial entrepreneur based in Portland, OR. He is CEO and co-founder of, a product management software company.  Previously he founded SimpleGeo, which was sold to Urban Airship in October 2011.  He advises several startups - including and ngmoco:) - as well as VC firm Freestyle Capital.  He earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Eastern Michigan University. 


Erik Mchielsen: How have you learn to adapt when things have not worked out as planned?

Joe Stump: I think there's a couple of things that I've learned over the years. I used to be much more hot-headed than I am now and I think that – I think I've done a lot better job of recognizing that when you're in a bad situation or things have kind of went off the rails of accepting that and triaging and moving forward.

Like I can’t -- the phrase is don’t cry over spilt milk. You can't do anything about the fact that the milk spilled. The only thing you can do now is go and get a mop and clean it up. And I think embracing that has been really important because quite frankly I mean, the last couple of years, I probably would have gone back to Michigan and just bought a farm, bought some sheep or some shit. I don’t know.