Steph and Ash pick Brian Kornfeld’s brain to get his advice on starting companies and how to be a successful entrepreneur. Brian is truly immersed in Florida’s entrepreneurial and innovation communities as CEO and Co-founder of Synapse Florida, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit creating the nexus for entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses to connect with the resources they need to accelerate success and drive Florida’s economic growth. Through Synapse, Brian is increasing the visibility of Florida’s innovation communities across the entire industrial, commercial, municipal, and educational spectrum to attract and retain talent and build thriving businesses for generations to come.
Brian, a Tampa Bay native and rocket scientist, is the President of the USF Executive MBA Alumni Advisory Council and supports many local missions and companies as an advisor or partner. He is a Six-Sigma Black Belt, Lean Expert, and Certified Scrum Product Owner. Brian is a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Business Up and Comers of Tampa Bay. He is also nationally recognized in The Business Journals’ Influencers: Rising Stars as one of the top 100 business executives across the country who are having a positive impact relatively early in their careers on their companies and their communities, and who could be shaping how business gets done for years to come.
- When starting a company, draw out an org chart and put your name in every position. If there is a role that you are not very strong at, reach out to an expert and get advice. Hire someone who can do the job better than you.
- Networking can open doors and spark ideas leading to successful companies.
- See roadblocks as a doorway for opportunities
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