Startup Train Mentors Series! Douglas Soltys from Betakit

June 26, 2017 Guelph, Startup Train

Welcome to our Startup Train Mentor Series. Over the next several days we will be highlighting the amazing mentors we have in store for our Startup Train journey.

Douglas Soltys (above, left) is Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. BetaKit is a media publication covering Canadian startups and tech innovation in Canada. Douglas has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet!

We caught up with Douglas and asked him a few questions about startups; challenges he faced and what a Startup Superhero needs to survive.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in your startup experience? How did you overcome it?
The challenge is ongoing! The best way to overcome challenges is to have mentors, people who have done it before who can talk you through it. This is incredibly important!

What do you believe is the most critical trait for a startup founder to have or to adopt?
Probably persistence – it’s very easy to want to stop. Also capacity to want to do the hard things, not the easy things.

What do you like best about Startup Train and what is the greatest benefit to the riders in your opinion?
Startup Train the most pleasant way to connect with people in the Canadian startup ecosystem. It forces you to disconnect, then connect with your fellow travellers.

What is your personal goal for Startupfest 2017?
Total domination!

What is one thing no one would ever guess about you?
I can’t swim.

So while Douglas might not fare well if lost at sea, he is someone you definitely want to connect with if you feel lost in the world of startups! Douglas will be joining us July 11th as a mentor on our 6th Annual Startup Train! Don’t miss it!!

Tina Venema

Tina is a content strategist, creator and curator and entrepreneur. Tina works on the Sales and Marketing team at Band of Coders (Canada). When not wordsmithing, you can find her on the water, hiking or trying desperately to learn Let It Be one more time on her ukulele!

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