Our guest today on The Pitch Deck is Charles Ablanese. Charles is a serial entrepreneur and president of the NYC chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and the managing director of Do It Right, LLC, a consulting firm that helps small and midsize businesses succeed. He has the distinction of being the 34th employee of AT&T Wireless Services before it was even called AT&T. Over the period of 16 years, he helped grow the company to a nationwide organization with over 16,000 employees. Charles has also been the COO of a hedge fund and is currently launching Minority Venture Partners, a diversity-focused incubator and accelerator out of the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.
Charles joins us on the show today to share both Do It Right, LLC’s and Minority Venture Partners’ unique missions and how through these two companies founders are getting the help they need to flourish. Charles shares his experience with learning all aspects of a startup business while getting AT&T Wireless off the ground level and helping build them into the world-wide brand they are today. This episode is jam-packed with actionable advice that will help you secure the perfect investors for your startup. Click “play” below!
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Why Charles loves working with startups.
- Why you should never fear failure.
- Who Minority Venture Partners is for.
- The difference between leadership and management.
- Charles’s 3 must-haves in a potential investment.
- Who you want on your team as a founder.
- Charles’ steps to finding a “coachable” founder.
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