Career Seminar: Confessions of a Successful Entrepreneur





    Rick Schaefer, Serial Entrepreneur


    Confessions of a Successful Entrepreneur: 10 Big Mistakes & How You Can Avoid Them


    Robin Nakamura

    Presentation Overview

    ”Serial entrepreneur” Rick Schaefer takes a humorous look at 10 of the costliest mistakes entrepreneurs make in getting a new business off the ground, and practical lessons that help in avoiding them in the future. Rick offers rare insight into what it takes from the early steps of a business to succeed and how to spot the things that may turn early success into failure. Rick has been involved in the launch of more than two dozen successful startups as a principal and consultant, including a few not so successful ventures. He knows that it’s only one step from the penthouse to the outhouse in today’s fast moving world, and will guide the early entrepreneur safely through the mine field that is a new business, and make it fun at the same time. Already employed or looking to get into your next position? Wherever you are in your career, Rick identifies warning signs or potential problems at a new job, and how to determine if your company is on its way to the top or on its way out. Everyone will recognize his business “mistakes” - whether it’s your boss, your company, your current situation or a former job! Find out whether it’s time for you to polish the resume and start a new search. It's been said that some of the best lessons in life are learned from our mistakes. Why risk learning your lessons the hard way? This seminar promises to be fun, highly informative and a great way to troubleshoot before the trouble starts!

    Career Seminar Chair and Sponsor

    Patti Wilson, Career Company

    Career Seminar Co-Chair

    Robin Nakamura

    Speaker Bio:

    Rick Schaefer

    Rick Schaefer is CEO of ERA Software Systems, a developer of grant management software for universities and research institutions. Schaefer has been actively involved in start-up organizations across North America for more than 20 years. Schaefer was founder of the Corporate Sales Division of Super PC Memory in Boulder, Colorado in 1994. Schaefer took this start-up from conceptualization to $100 million in revenues in less than 6 years before selling the company in 2001. Schaefer has landed major technology contracts on behalf of "the little guy" at Fortune 1000 Companies in retail, financial, software, utility, energy, manufacturing, and government sectors. Notable major customers included Oracle, Starbucks, Traveler's Insurance, Wells Fargo Bank, Kraft, the U.S. Small Business Administration, PG&E, the Los Angeles Times, and United Airlines.

    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA



    6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking

    7:00-9:00pm Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum Members

    No charge for SDForum Members

    No registration required