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How to Handle Criticism and Build a Great Team

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Mitch Thrower is a financier, entrepreneur, author, and 22X Ironman triathlete. He is the Founder and Chairman of Events.com, an innovative cloud-based event management platform provider that provides a state-of-the-art mobile-first SaaS application that enables the full event life-cycle, connecting event organizers and event-goers.

Mitch also serves as Chairman of The La Jolla Foundation, a 501c3 foundation whose primary initiative is Project Active, providing funding, mentoring, encouragement, and education to areas of world tension. Previously, he was the Owner and Chairman of the Board of Triathlete Magazine.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • What drove Mitch Thrower into endurance sports
  • What does it take to be successful as a triathlon athlete?
  • How entrepreneurship is similar to an endurance sport
  • Mitch talks about his father’s Yule log fireplace tradition and his mother’s work for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • The role of resilience and criticism in entrepreneurship
  • How Mitch partners with COOs and other visionary leaders to run his businesses and his strategies for team building
  • The work Mitch did before starting Events.com and how it helped him build the company
  • Why entrepreneurs should learn about liquidation multiples
  • Mitch talks about his goals for Events.com and his advice for people looking to innovate or go into entrepreneurship
  • Where to learn more and get in touch with Mitch Thrower

In this episode…

Many people think that going into entrepreneurship is easy and everything will work itself out. But, that’s often not the case. Why? Because every journey is full of challenges! Every entrepreneur faces obstacles and makes mistakes—and may even face criticism from others on their slip-ups.

There’s something important that entrepreneurs need to realize here: criticism is good for you and your business. You also need to find innovative, visionary leaders and team members to work with that you can trust. Mitch Thrower loves receiving criticism from others and engages new team members for his business on a trial period as he gets to know them before officially hiring them. And he thinks you should do the same.

In this week’s episode of the Innovations and Breakthroughs Podcast, Rich Goldstein talks to Mitch Thrower, the Founder and Chairman of Events.com, about his strategies for handling criticism, being resilient, and building a great team. Mitch explains how endurance sports are similar to entrepreneurship and shares his advice on innovation. Plus, he’ll share about his father’s part in the history of the Yule log tradition.

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