It always take longer than you think to bring a good idea from concept to venture, but patiences gives you clarity in your decision-making so that you can make the best long-term choices for the success of the venture.
Sean Brown is an entrepreneur, marketer, and investor with a proven track record for bringing businesses from concept to revenue at scale. Based in Orange County, he has built and sold multiple successful companies in his 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. His current venture includes Go VC, a venture capital firm specializing in offering funding and support in multiple areas of business.
Where did the idea for Go VC come from?
I’ve always loved funding and supporting other peoples’ ideas, so going into the venture capital space just made sense for me. I wanted to support entrepreneurs who have ideas in tech and marketing and be an integral part of their success. Go VC goes beyond just providing funding to startups. We offer support in the areas of business development, marketing, automation, etc. to ensure holistic success as a business, not just the capital side. You can give a startup all the money in the world, but if they don’t know what to do with it, they’re doomed to fail. There is a huge opportunity in the tech and marketing space right now, so that’s where we are putting a majority of our focus on in 2018.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My wife and I are currently raising two children under two years old as well so it’s pretty hectic! My day starts early having breakfast with my wife and kids. The great thing about the company I’ve built is I am able to work from either my home office or our company office. My wife also runs multiple companies of her own so whether I am at my company office or home office, the majority of our day is spent balancing taking care of the kids and taking care of our business responsibilities. Having the home office is one of the biggest keys to our productivity as entrepreneurs with children.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I bring ideas to life through organization and analyzing. I have ideas and solutions to problems I may be experiencing constantly throughout the day. Are all of these ideas great? Some are better than others. But for the ideas that are worth pursuing, I sit down, write out the idea and really analyze how this could help me and how practical it is. This helps me not only visualize the solution, but allows me to map out its potential results and determine whether or not it’s a viable solution. Some of my best ideas have been born using this method.
What’s one trend that excites you?
One trend that excites me is virtual reality. What VR is doing to the tech space is incredible, and is continually gaining traction.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Delegation. I learned the hard way that doing everything myself will not get me where I need to be. Find the right team of people who you can delegate tasks out to lighten your workload and allow you to focus on bigger picture items. You will never be able to take your company to the next level by yourself. Delegate and let others help you get there.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Have more patience. It always take longer than you think to bring a good idea from concept to venture, but patiences gives you clarity in your decision-making so that you can make the best long-term choices for the success of the venture.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Reflect. Sit back after each project that you complete, or each initiative that you launch and reflect on the process of execution. What worked? What could you have done better? You will never reach a point where you’ve “made it.” There is always room for reflection, pivoting, and adjustment, no matter how seasoned the entrepreneur.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Focusing on scalability with the internet. I like ventures that I can build and then automate. The beauty of technology and the internet is it has allowed me to start and invest in many ecommerce ventures that once I was able to put the proper infrastructure and team in place, I could essentially put the company on autopilot.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
A lack of strategy and focus. Raising a family is rewarding, but can be difficult when you’re trying to grow and scale a successful business. Between our growing family and too many moving parts, I lost focus and neglected to give me business the attention it deserved. This can all be achieved with balance. Work/life balance is immensely important, and has to practiced by each and every entrepreneur.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Owning content is the future. Invest into content creation and content marketing. The companies who produce and own the highest quality content in their space will grow the largest audiences and generate the most opportunities. So whichever niche you decide to enter, focus on creating great content and owning the platform.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
One book that I always recommend is “The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business” by Clayton M. Christensen. This book will challenge the traditional notions of how you thought a business should be structured, and is a must read for any entrepreneur looking to break those barriers.
What is your favorite quote?
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell
- Find an idea that sets you on fire, and commit to it.
- Pay close attention to technology and always be pivoting your business to adapt to changing technology trends.
- Read “The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business.” it will challenge your mindset as an entrepreneur.
- Always remember to have patience. Overnight success does not exist; always keep growing and developing your own roadmap to success.
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