Hamet Watt: Navigating Entrepreneurship
Venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and Founder of Share Ventures, Hamet Watt, hit pause to rap with host Michael Redd about what it takes to navigate the waters of entrepreneurship, how to wire your business for success, and his optimism for the future of “inclusive innovation” and solving social justice problems.
"Being able to find your way out of situations that you think are impossible, is what inspires you to take bigger risks knowing that you're gonna get out if it happens again." – Hamet Watt
Prior to helping co-found both MoviePass and bLife (a wellness innovation company acquired by Canary Health), Hamet was an Entrepreneur In Residence with True Ventures.
Hamet was also a Board Partner at Upfront, a VC company that “...strives to invest in companies that consciously work to build diverse teams,” and founded NextMedium, the first full-service platform for buying, selling, and measuring product placement across entertainment content.
He has advised Nielsen Media Research in the development of their first product placement measurement service for network and cable TV, and was General Partner in the New Africa Opportunity Fund, the first US-backed venture fund investing in post-apartheid South Africa.
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In this episode Michael and Hamet talked about:
- How to tamp down pessimism and focus on the future
- Hamet’s definition of entrepreneurship and why you need to have agency
- Traits that VCs look for in entrepreneurs (and their inherent biases)
- Why “...your dream will only go as far as your team”
- The importance of being a problem solver in business
- And using data to shave the failure rate for new companies
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