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The Entrepreneurship Lessons This Venture Capitalist Learned While Rowing Across the Arctic Ocean

Source: Entrepreneur/Collin West - February 16, 2017 in Adventure

The Entrepreneurship Lessons This Venture Capitalist Learned While Rowing Across the Arctic Ocean
Photo: Mike Beauregard/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

New frontiers have become harder to find than the adventurers who used to seek them. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still out there.

As a venture capitalist, I regularly take a lesson from a crazy trip I took with three highly-skilled teammates in a rowboat across the Arctic Ocean. It almost killed us, and landed us in the Guinness Book of World Records. But more than anything else, it has many parallels to the entrepreneurs who set out on the adventure of starting a company.

Why the Arctic? We wanted to do something big. Something different. Something that hadn’t been done before. But we also wanted to make an impact. In this case, we wanted to draw attention to the melting Arctic ice. So we decided we would be the first people to cross that frigid body of water — in a rowboat.

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