Dave McClure, founder of 500 Startups, joins MentorCloud CEO Ravi Gundlapalli to share his thoughts on what makes a good mentor and which mentors helped him grow.
Caucci: "The biggest evolution of the concept was realizing that when it comes to training, everyone deserves to be trained and prepared well for their job, regardless of their wage.” The benefits of proper employee training has a ripple effect: since we now spend more time at work than with our families, knowing how to better prepare companies to prepare their people is a critical component to increasing societal good.
“Having a mentor [who can] provide advice, feedback and direction saves startups time and money by allowing entrepreneurs to tap into the expertise of people who have done it before.” - Narissa Singh, "Why a Mentor is Critical for a Budding Entrepreneur"
“'You want to have multiple sources of mentoring, without being a pest to people... You don’t want to be the mentoring equivalent of my cocker spaniel — ‘Please, please, please, pay attention to me!’" - Lorraine Duffy Merkl, "When Mentoring Turns Toxic"
"Reverse mentoring has started finding its way into enterprises. Experienced executives are turning to their juniors to learn about the latest technologies, new and collaborative tools that make work life easier." - John Maguire, "Is 'Reverse Mentoring' The Next Big Thing in HR?"
“President Obama endorses the power of mentoring. Legends like Winston Churchill, Bill Gates and even Elvis credit their success to having worked with a mentor." - Ashley Stahl, "The Three Types of Mentors (And Which One You Need Now)"
"There are certain variables that someone looks for in a mentor that change as you get older. The nature of who your mentor is almost certainly changes over time." - David Lumb, "Why You Need a Different Mentor at Every Step in Your Career"
“The Girls in Tech Mentoring Programme celebrates and supports the women tech talent we have, instead of discussing the tech talent it lacks.” - Clare McDonald, "Girls in Tech launches mentoring programme for women in IT"
“From the experience I've accrued in working with these mentors, as well as mentoring many startup entrepreneurs myself, I’ve realized this is something you can’t really do without. You need experts to help you with insights and with options that best resolve your challenges.” - Rahul Vershneya, "What No One Tells You About Seeking a Mentor for Your Startup"
“The highest form of respect you can pay a person is to listen to and act on their advice. Not always, of course, but consistently.” - Whitney Johnson, "You're Mentoring Wrong - Why It's a Two-Way Street"