Article Contributor: Angela Praseuth, CEO Member
Photos by: Deniece Griffin
Amyn Sadruddin (B.S. ’14), executive director of TiE Atlanta addressed CEO members at the final weekly speaker gathering this Spring semester. Basing his knowledge on years of experience, Sadruddin shared two key takeaways to some 15 students that April morning. The first was get to know organizations in the community. Attend conferences and events to learn as much about the industry you are interested in. Be active, take advantage of networking opportunities here at Georgia State as well. One thing he mentioned, is that many of us overlook simply connecting with our contacts and their contacts whether it’s on LinkedIn or other social platforms. Secondly, he emphasized how important it is to find a mentor. According to Sadruddin, this is “underutilized by many”. He strongly recommends having someone to mentor you who has gone through the “ropes” of business because you can learn from their experiences, including successes and challenges.
The second half of the conversation was mainly an opportunity for students to ask Sadruddin questions about entrepreneurship and mentorship. Questions such as, where to start when you have an idea, how to find the right mentors, or encountering roadblocks and not knowing how to connect with someone – were common concerns, and he answered them solidly. In summary, Sadruddin’s recommends being involved in the community; show-up and reach out at events; utilize help from “seasoned” mentors and always, when approaching mentors – arrive with your ask in hand and be specific. He emphasized how important it is for mentors when mentees “get right to the point” by highlighting what you have already done and be specific with your ask.
CEO appreciates Sadruddin’s willingness to share his knowledge with Georgia State students. It’s reassuring to know that student entrepreneurs don’t need to do it all by themselves because there are experienced industry professionals who are eager to help.
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