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SXSW Interactive 2013

360 Relationships: Mentors, Mentees, and VCs

Mentoring has evolved with business; as our social graphs expand, the opportunity to leverage relationships for professional growth exponentially increases along with its complexity.
This panel will discuss mentorship from three perspectives: a Mentor (working at a large company), a Mentee (currently starting up in an accelerator), and an Angel Investor/Pro Mentor (a former hired-gun, turnaround CEO).
The panel will break down (and debate) the roles, responsibilities, expectations, value, and dangers of engaging a mentor. We will delve into best practices and various levels of engagement.
We’ll discuss the impact mentorship has on organizational and human capital development and what that means for pitch, product, and potential investment with personal stories from our experiences.
Finally, we'll discuss how organizations large and small can be a part of startup mentorship and why they should encourage it. By the end, we hope to clear the waters so others might mentor.

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  1. What individuals and situations can benefit from mentorship?
  2. What is the impact of mentorship from the range of perspectives Mentee / Mentor / VC / Internal Organization / External perspective?
  3. What are the best practices/roles/responsibilities/expectations of mentors?
  4. What are the best motivations to mentor or seek a mentor and what reasons are destined to go wrong?
  5. Where can people go to find mentors and how do mentors make themselves available to mentees?



Elizabeth Terrell, Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

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  • Tags: venture capital
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Level: Beginning
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