Dec 14, 2018
Welcome to the fifth episode of Stairway to CEO! In this episode, I interviewed Courtney Reum, the Co-Founder of M13, a consumer product-focused, brand development, and venture capital firm based in Los Angeles. Along with angel investing and building an impressive portfolio packed with top startups including Pinterest, Lyft, Ring, SpaceX, and Thrive Market, just to name a few, he also Co-Founded Veev Spirits with his brother Carter and is a best-selling author of the book “Shortcut Your Startup." Courtney shares how he went from working at Goldman Sachs to building Veev Spirits from a 2-person startup to one of the fastest growing independent liquor brands in the US which was acquired in 2016. He talks with us about his biggest failures, what he learned from it, what it was like to get his company acquired and how he thinks about managing burnout.
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"Life's just about options and so the more options you have the better it'll probably turn out."
“I was not the person who always knew what he wanted to do.”
"If you're starting a company and you think you might want to sell it, make every decision from the beginning with that in mind.”
“Always balance getting in the trenches with analysis paralysis.”
"You're doing things you've never done before. You either have this incredible gut or really good people around you because being asked to do things that you've never done every day is really tricky.”
“Do what you do best and outsource the rest.”
“Being an entrepreneur is like being a hopeless romantic — it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.”