Entrepreneur to speak Friday to Venture Club

ssloan@herald-leader.comNovember 13, 2012 

Nationally known entrepreneur Ben Casnocha



    Lexington Venture Club: Ben Casnocha

    What: Speech by the nationally known young entrepreneur

    When: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16

    Where: Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency, 410 West High St.

    Cost: $35;, includes lunch. Registration required by noon Nov. 15. Register at Lexlvc.eventbrite.com

As part of several events during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Lexington Venture Club will host nationally known entrepreneur, blogger and author Ben Casnocha on Friday.

Casnocha, who is in his mid-20s, has been starting businesses since he was a child, and he founded a government software company called Comcate. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him to its list of "America's best young entrepreneurs."

He took time last week to answer a few questions about his Lexington appearance.

Question: What will be the focus of your speech before the Lexington Venture Club?

Answer: "The mind-set and skill set of entrepreneurship, both for entrepreneurs and people who want to live more adaptive lives, regardless of industry."

Q: What do you see as the biggest obstacles and biggest sources of support for aspiring entrepreneurs?

A: "People are the biggest sources of support. Brainpower, emotional support, etc. It's all about the network of people you surround yourself with."

Q: Who are the best types of people with whom entrepreneurs can surround themselves?

A: "Folks with relevant domain expertise and folks with personal knowledge of you. They're probably not the same people."

Q: In your book The Start-Up of You (written with Reid Hoffman), there is a discussion of being in "permanent beta." Can you tell us more about what you mean by that concept?

A: "'Permanent beta' is an approach to life that embraces the fact that you have bugs, that there are opportunities to improve yourself and improve the world around you. It's a way of living that accepts the fact that you are in perpetual 'beta' and therefore need to always be investing in yourself."

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz.

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