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David Jones on Navigating Isolation and Rejection to Unlock Success

Founders Fortitude

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In this episode of Founders Fortitude, we chat with David Jones, the force behind ThreatMetrics. David takes us on a journey back to 2008, when he was alone in the Bay Area, far from his Australian support network. Battling to secure investment and facing a wall of rejection from venture capitalists, David recounts how a crucial meeting with eBay became a turning point in his startup adventure. His story serves as a lesson in the power of perseverance, the significance of staying committed, and the necessity of validating your product with the right people.

Key Takeaways:

  • The emotional toll of isolation while attempting to raise capital.
  • The resilience required when venture capitalists turn you down.
  • A game-changing meeting with eBay that set the direction for ThreatMetrics.
  • The idea of “making your own luck” by staying committed and validating your product with the right audience.

Tune into Founders Fortitude to gain insights, find encouragement, and realise you’re not alone.

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About Founders Fortitude

Founders Fortitude is a LinkedIn video series by Day One that unveils the challenging and triumphant moments of a founder’s journey, offering encouragement and insights to bridge the often lonely path to success. Don’t miss out on the inspiring stories that await; tune into Founders Fortitude and follow Day One on LinkedIn to keep at it and realise you’re not alone.

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