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#014: Why you should be persistent – Scott Handsaker

By Jordan Michaelides

Scott Handsaker ( @shandsaker ) is an enigma. Well that’s at least how a few in the startup community have coined it. Scott isn’t the loudest of individuals – which I would I say is certainly his secret weapon – but he is tangible proof in the value of persistence. Every startup founder want results on a platter, and I think Scott’s episode showcases how true grit and sound practices hold you in good stead in the long term.

In this episode we covered:

  • Attendly and his favourite events
  • Nurturing his talent in computer science as a teen
  • Deconstructing pseudoscience
  • Routines, to-do lists and time management
  • Competitive advantage in startups
  • What makes a good mentor
  • Mistakes made in startups
  • Myths and misconceptions of the startup culture
  • Startup Victoria

Listen to the episode

SHOW NOTES:

  • Startup career background {04:15}
  • On Attendly and favourite events {10:55}
  • Nurturing his talent in computer science as a teen {12:15}
  • Lessons learnt from his parents {15:18}
  • On deconstructing pseudoscience {17:43}
  • Core principles {21:00}
  • On routines, to-do lists and time management {24:07}
  • Competitive advantage in startups {30:44}
  • What makes a good mentor {33:40}
  • Mistakes made in startups {38:46}
  • Myths and misconceptions of the startup culture {46:10}
  • On Startup Victoria {47:30}
  • If he had to train three founders for twelve weeks, how would he do it? {51:25}
  • Mainstays in startup world {53:09}
  • A question people haven’t asked him, but wished they did? {55:00}
  • If he had to do a TED talk, what would it be on? (if not startups) {57:35}
  • Best purchases in the last few years {58:10}
  • Podcasts he’s listening to {59:00}
  • A book he’d gift someone {01:01:33}
  • His definition of the word ‘success’ {01:02:48}
  • What seems obvious to him and not to others {01:03:55}
  • If he could have a billboard anywhere, where would it be and what would it say? {01:06:04}