Off the Record with Aram

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Mike Smerklo has worked alongside the legends - Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. He was one of the first employees of their startup, Loudcloud. Today he’s talking about the mental side of being an entrepreneur.

Show Notes

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Highlights:

- How much mindset matters in running your business
- What to look for in a good mentor
- How Mike met Bill Campbell
- Self-awareness - fundamental block for your success


About Mike

Mike Smerklo has worked 100 hour weeks at Lehman Brothers, a job that he hated. Got hired by legendary entrepreneurs Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz as one of the first employees of their new startup, Loudcloud. Started his own company after acquiring a San Francisco startup and grew it into a successful 3,000-person publicly-traded business. He now heads Austin-based firm Next Coast Ventures. 

What is Off the Record with Aram?

Hi, I’m Aram.
Every week I’m interviewing product leaders and startup founders to talk about all things growth. From building your product, validating it to raising money and setting up your marketing engine.

If you are a founder, product manager or director, Off the Record is a podcast you want to bookmark.

Most stories you’ll hear haven’t been shared publicly before. It’s like chatting with a guest privately at a coffee or lunch.

And I hope you like it.

- Aram, CEO @ Crowdlinker.