This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Chris Heivly talks about his experience starting MapQuest and compares starting a company as an adult to building a fort in the woods as a kid. He also shares lessons he has learned as he has become a mentor for many other start up companies.
Chris Heivly is an accomplished executive in the information-technology sector with proven experience in marketing, sales, business development, investment finance, and operations. He was a co-founder of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B), a managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund) and has been an executive at five other companies. He is currently one of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory , a seed-level investment fund making 10 to 14 new investments per year. In addition to TSF, Chris is the founder of the Big Top Job Fair and a national writer and speaker about start-ups and start-up communities. @chrisheivly
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