Getting started on your career in entrepreneurship with Andres Barreto, Techstars, Ep 9

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How to break into entrepreneurship

In this episode of How to be the Difference, we caught up with Andres Barreto, a serial entrepreneur, investor and the Managing Director of Techstars Boulder Accelerator Program. Andres is a thought leader in entrepreneurship, product development, analytics, technical recruiting and has participated in conferences throughout the US and Latin America.

We sit down with Andres to talk about his first entrepreneurial endeavors and what it was like being a minority founder in the US. Andres also discusses the reason behind starting Coderise, non-profit organization that teaches code in an inclusive environment and the power of mentorships. 

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Outline of this episode:

  • [0:27] – Vaccine update
  • [3:18] – Introducing Andrés Barreto
  • [4:55] – Andres’ entrepreneurial journey
  • [15:16] – Creating a music streaming service
  • [17:02] – Getting sued by record labels
  • [17:42] – Andres’ proudest moment
  • [20:28] – Choosing people for Coderise
  • [22:00] – What does it mean to be entrepreneurial?
  • [23:35] – About Techstars Boulder Accelerator
  • [25:04] – Techstars success stories
  • [26:44] – Mentorship:Techstars’ differentiator
  • [28:06] – Advice on getting mentors
  • [30:50] – Raising capital as a diverse founder
  • [33:32] – Advice for minorities
  • [35:04] – What gets you out of bed?
  • [36:00] – Advice on career changes
  • [37:56] – About Andres’ habits
  • [39:08] – Skills for success in the 21st century
  • [40:50] – Experience with interns
  • [42:36] – What’s next for Andrés?

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