A couple years ago, I was running a startup in New York City. I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot in the process. Later I had some reflections, and realized that maybe I could share some of what I learned with others, to help them avoid making similar mistakes.
… and that was the birth of a series of startup coaching bootcamps ran by Paul Orlando, a startup mentor and Good Lab member since March, 2013.
We did an interview with Paul the other day, it took a while for we to put it down in ink (oh, yes, in pixels). But finally, the interview is ready! Please enjoy our conversation below 🙂
Btw, Paul is doing a talk on June 6th at Good Lab on finding and applying metrics to your startup. Interested? Sign up and grab your seat by clicking here!
GL: Who are you? and what are you working on recently?
Paul: I am Paul Orlando, I run the AcceleratorHK project with Steve Forte at Good Lab.
GL: What brought you to Good Lab?
Paul: I was searching for some venue to house the AcceleratorHK programme and through maybe serendipity I found about Good Lab. I paid a visit here and was impressed by the nice design and good working environment here.
GL: What is AcceleratorHK?
Paul: It is a three month accelerator programme for early-stage mobile startups. We provide mentorship, seed capital, a nice working space at Good Lab, plus many other bonuses. Check out the AcceleratorHK website to learn more.
GL: What is it about Good Lab that you find most amazing?
Paul: Oh, the sheer diversity of the people here is what amazes me the most! I was at some other coworking space before, and most of the people i met are from technical background, but here you could find people who work in fashion, food, food waste, among many other interesting things!
GL: Let’s talk about your project(s). What got you inspired to start what you are doing now?
Paul: Well, a couple years ago, I was running a startup in New York City. I made a lot of mistakes but also learned a lot in the process. Later I had some reflections, and realized that maybe I could share some of what I learned with others, to help them avoid making similar mistakes. So I did. When I went back to Hong Kong in 2012, I started Lean Startup Bootcamp, and later co-founded AcceleratorHK with Steve.
GL: Can you tell us in 30 words or less what is the hard problem that you are tackling?
Paul: Basically I want to help people who work in early stage startups to avoid making many of the mistakes I’ve learned through applying the methodology of customer development and the lean method.
GL: How can people find you on the Internet?
Paul: You could find me on twitter @porlando or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org