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

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What I looked for in a Mentor

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.

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?

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.

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)?

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.

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

Why is building relationships with potential mentors so important?

How do you build a relationship with potential mentors?

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

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

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