If you’re thinking about or have started a company, here are starter questions that you could ask alumni and the broader community to build a support network (of advisers and mentors). Note that each question should be personalized to your needs.
- How do you know if your idea could actually be the basis for a startup company?
- How to know when to run with an idea even if it exists in some form already?
- What is the best way to get your ideas out to someone as a student who can help get them off the ground?
- How many people should you partner with when starting a company?
- How do I pay for my startup costs without giving up equity?
- What makes a startup scalable?
- Do investors look more for a great idea that would need investment to hire the people to accomplish it or a good idea with the person behind it being the one possessing the skills to accomplish it?
- How do you come to a decision when faced with a difficult choice?
- What experiences led you to come up with your product idea?
- How to balance relationships and health while running a startup?
- Have you ever regretted not working a 9-5 job?
- What was the factor you feel allowed you to find success in a high-risk field?
- What did you have to do that was uncomfortable to become an accomplished entrepreneur?
- At what point in your career did you think to yourself, “I made it”?
- What did you do to prepare yourself to be mentally ready to start your own company?
- What do you wish you knew when you were my age?
- What pushed you to start your company and to continue to push through any difficulties you may have experienced?
- What was your favorite part in creating your start up company?
- Did you think you would actually make it?