All successful founders, entrepreneurs, and business people have two things in common: integrity and persistence. Those that approach life and business with a curious mind get better at what they’re doing over time – and these are two traits that most angel investors look at when they’re considering to financially support a startup.
That’s exactly what our guest today focuses on – finding people that he knows he can trust and that are willing to go the extra mile for their business. Jeff Vinik is a man wearing many hats and throughout his professional career, he’s managed to switch from being a successful Wall Street investor to then being a hedge fund guy, to leading commercial real-estate projects focused on revitalizing downtown Tampa, to owning a sports team – the Tampa Bay Lightning – and on top of that, to being an early-stage tech investor.
Being in Jeff’s shoes is not an easy ride, and it takes a certain discipline in doing your due diligence and learning as much as you can about the industry you’re in or you’re thinking of joining. In this podcast, we discuss his professional journey, why he wanted to switch gears and be part of multiple areas, as well as the types of people that he tries to surround himself with.
If you’re curious to learn more about Jeff and his early-stage investing, then tune in, and enjoy the show!