Questions to Ask an Entrepreneur

Charlie Goetz, a professor of entrepreneurship at Emory, had me over again yesterday to talk to a different MBA class he’s teaching this semester. Before class started, we had a great conversation about what questions we should ask a concept stage entrepreneur to get a feel for where he/she is in their thinking. We came up with some simple ones:

  • What problem are you trying to solve?
  • How are you different?
  • How many prospects have you talked to about it?
  • How far along are you with the concept?
  • Where do you need the most help?

I’d encourage all entrepreneurs with a concept to answer these questions as part of reaching out to others for advice.

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