Pop Quiz, Monday with Jason Kraus

Being part of something bigger than myself, helping people realize their dreams and watching the startups I work with “grow up” and become successful.

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Jason Kraus

What is your job role?
CEO of Prepare 4 VC

Tell us about your company?
We are a startup consulting firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs through the fundraising process from an investors perspective. Our team consists of VCs, investors, experienced entrepreneurs and MBAs ready to assist our clients.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with exciting new founders every day and being on the forefront of technology, adding my team’s expertise to see it come to life.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Being part of something bigger than myself, helping people realize their dreams and watching the startups I work with “grow up” and become successful.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I learn from everyone I work with, and we focus on an environment where every voice is heard and taken into consideration. Startup environments should foster creativity and out of the box thinking, and we model ourselves as a startup helping startups.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Trying out all the cool apps and products we work with and going to or organizing some of the amazing startup events around Boston.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Balancing project work, team management, and marketing/outreach as new projects come and go.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Timing is critical in the startup world and simply following up and staying in touch has led to new clients, partners and investment partners.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Find a pilot project first to help out with and model your consulting firm off of the value you find you add to their business.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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