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Successful Founders Bend the Universe to Their Will

Entrepreneur LogoThe following story was a guest column by Kauffman Fellows CEO Jeff Harbach in Entrepreneur.

Feel like a broken record? Good.

Entrepreneurs with a clarity of vision who are able to stand firm in their ideas despite being worn down by time and detractors are the ones who will succeed. If you are truly innovating, you will encounter many naysayers.

Venture capitalists see it all the time: Some founders can get pulled off track by time, reality, critics and even their own teams.

Often, founders can punch through this noise through the sheer brute force of repetition. Jenny Rooke, managing director at 5 Prime Ventures, says that she’s seen this tactic work to positive effect.


Jeff HarbachJeff Harbach is President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows. Jeff has been an entrepreneur and investor since 2002, and was Executive Director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), based out of Austin, TX, from 2011–2013, where he served his fellowship. He has led multiple startups, including two 7-Eleven stores, a luxury furniture store and interior design firm, and a private country club golf network. He was also an angel investor himself with the Vegas Valley Angels. Jeff holds a BS from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin. jharbach@kfp.org