Who makes up your entrepreneurial “personal board”?

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When I started my first business in my 20s, I didn’t have any entrepreneurial friends. I felt isolated but I wasn’t getting any discouraging messages because I was so young I wasn’t leaving a “secure job.” I can’t imagine what it would be like to start out today, as a mature adult with responsibilities without a group of entrepreneurial friends who supported and encouraged me.


In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Hyman, cofounder of Rent the Runway wrote that the most unexpected reward she’s found in creating a “personal board”  is that she gets to live the highs of entrepreneurship, not just through her own business, but through her friends’ successes. “When you care about other entrepreneurs, you are genuinely happy for them when they raise an amazing round of funding, sell their company to Adobe, have a baby or just come up with a brilliant new idea. .”


I heard proof of that once again last night when the members of my 2014 group mastermind cheered the accomplishment of one member, who reported that a big project was 95% complete,  offered encouragement and support to another who was in a slump and resources and suggestions for others who had questions or challenges.  If you are trying to start or grow a business, where are you finding your entrepreneurial tribe?

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