Daniel Nelson, CEO of Tursus Software Inc, has been a part of our Give, Get, Grow community for years. First as an alumni of our mentoring and accelerator programming, and later as a facilitator for three startups in the mentorship program.
We caught up with the Texas native to chat about our 3 G (Give, Get, Grow) family and what he’s learned about working with startup founders.
“When you step into the shoes of another entrepreneur over and over and over and start the ‘what works and what doesn’t work’ [process], I’ve found it just really builds your own experience level where it allows you to recognize patterns of things that work and things that don’t work,” Nelson explained.
In 2015, Nelson’s then startup Food On A Truck, that has since grown and gone through several reiterations, won seventh place at VVM’s annual accelerator awards and took home a check for $22,500. He said Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) has been one of the most welcoming startup communities he’s been a part of, primarily due to their everyone’s welcome atmosphere. “At VVM, it doesn’t matter who you are or what stage you’re in. If you reach out to that community and you’re a very straight forward and genuine person and you honestly want feedback, you’ll find really smart people to help you grow your company,” Nelson said.
Nelson wishes VVM and the Western Mass entrepreneur community the best for 2017. Adding, “I think VVM’s doing a really good job of fulfilling its mission of helping local entrepreneurs and I would hope to see them continue to grow and expand and help as many entrepreneurs as possible, and it’s clear they’re doing it.”