After he cut his teeth in the finance world, Rick Desai made a move that may have seemed unexpected: A Clinton fellowship took him to India, where he worked in slums and earned access to some of the country’s microentrepreneurs.
But the experience actually served as the foundation for his work in venture capitalism. It taught him important lessons about entrepreneurship — lessons he’s applied to his work as partner at Listen Ventures and co-founder of Dashfire, Chicago’s leading startup studio.
On this episode, Rick shared his thoughts on why certain businesses succeed, why founders need to act as the biggest investors in their business, and more.
Listen in for his story, his insights, and his spot-on advice for anyone who is attracted to the idea of becoming an entrepreneur — spoiler alert: It just may make you reconsider starting a business of your own.
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If you understand the why of your business, it’s going to make the what and the how that much easier.” – Rick Desai
The only thing you can’t replicate is the relationship with your end user.” – Rick Desai