The CEO of an established startup or company might not always be the right mentor for your company.
- Find mentors that are 1–2 years ahead of you. They know what you are going through and how to resolve pain points like yours.
- With an early stage mentor, ask targeted questions about the specific business challenges and hurdles that you’re experiencing.
- Be responsive, engaged, and respectful — the best mentor-mentee relationships become mutually beneficial with each person keeping the other accountable and focused.
Introducing early stage startups to mentors and influencers is an integral part of my day-to-day. Founding a startup can be an overwhelming and isolating job, but a mentor can be the key to building your community.
Many times, your mentor will become as important as the rest of your distributed team. If they are the right fit, they can help you close your funding or be your ticket to meet your next early customer.
In your early stages, it’s more helpful to find mentors that are 1–2 years ahead of you — founders who have recently raised capital or are currently working through exponential growth. The pain points you feel are very likely akin to what they have experienced and the resolutions are fresh in their memories.
Read the full post on Medium — The Right Mentor for the Job