How to find the right mentor for you as a Startup Founder

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What I looked for in a Mentor

I decided that what I wanted from my mentor was someone who would understand where I was coming from as an entrepreneur.

Someone who would be able to relate to my struggles as an entrepreneur and help me understand how far along in the process of building a business that I actually was.

So I started by looking at my contacts and asking people that I knew if they had ever been involved in building a successful startup.

Most people were excited to share their experiences with me and most were happy to meet up for coffee to talk about what they’ve learned so far in their journey.

How do you know if someone is a good mentor?

For me, it took meeting more than one person before I finally found the right person who could provide me with mentorship based on my struggles as an entrepreneur.

This is why it’s important to meet more than one potential mentor before you decide who you want to take on as your mentor.

Just ask them questions like:

How did you feel?

What did you do about it?

How long did it take from your first experience until you reached success?

Which parts of building a business are you currently struggling with most?

What have you tried so far that hasn’t worked?

What have you not tried yet that might work for your situation?

What are some resources that helped guide you through these challenges/successes?

Which of these resources would be the most beneficial for me to start learning from now?

What type of advice would be most helpful for someone just starting out like myself who wants to build a successful startup one day like yourself?

Is there anything else that we should discuss before we go our separate ways today (if this is a first meeting)?

Have some questions prepared in advance by making notes as soon as possible after reading this article. This will help ensure that all details are fresh in mind when meeting someone new for the first time even though it may have been weeks or months since reading this post.

It is important to listen to their advice but not to take it as the only thing that you should be doing.

Don’t let someone else’s failure prevent you from achieving success.

Remember, they were in a different situation than yours and you can build on their knowledge by applying it to your unique situation.

How do I find a mentor who can help me with my startup?

I have found it much easier to find someone who is willing to meet for coffee or lunch after having already built a successful business rather than starting out by asking for free advice from startup founders who are struggling with building their own business.

Why is building relationships with potential mentors so important?

Building relationships with potential mentors is so important because no one wants an investor or potential customer base walking into their company one day just because they happen upon your website while searching Google for information about your industry (for example).

How do you build a relationship with potential mentors?

I have found that the best way to build a relationship with potential mentors is by starting to volunteer for related organizations or starting a blog about your interests and experiences.

Why is it important to understand what my mentor has been through?

It’s important to understand what a mentor has been through because it will help you learn from their successes and mistakes so that you can avoid making the same mistakes yourself as you go through the process of building a successful startup.

It’s much easier to work with someone if you both have something that you expect from each other.

About the Author

Founder of Cudy Technologies (, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.