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Eventbrite CEO:上商学院的机会成本很高

Chanelle Bessette 2013年09月29日

Eventbrite CEO凯文•哈茨畅谈他崇拜的人以及上商学院是否必要,他认为,对企业家来说,花两年时间上学而不是实际打造一家公司,机会成本很高。

    《财富》杂志(Fortune)一年一度的科技头脑风暴大会召集科技创新领域最优秀和最聪明的思想家相聚一堂。我们会定期重点推介一位大会嘉宾,分享其对于商业、科技和创业的真知灼见。

    本期我们采访时的Eventbrite的创始人兼CEO凯文•哈茨,他将活动创建、推广和票务销售变得非常简单。他和他的妻子茱莉亚一起经营公司,《财富》杂志今年早些时候曾刊登过一篇特写文章介绍这对夫妇。日前,我们就兴趣爱好、对商学院的看法以及每位领导者必备素质等向哈茨提出了10个问题。下面让我们一起来看看他是如何将自己的失败与成功融入企业——以及他最崇拜的科技巨头。

1.你最大的成就是什么?

打造了一个团队,带领Eventbrite走到今天。伟大的公司是由伟大的团队打造而成,注重团队表现和文化对于我们的发展至关重要。

2.你最崇拜的商界或科技界人物是哪位?为什么?

比尔•盖茨。我在科技界刚刚起步时,就读过一部他的传记,印象至深。他是早期的初创企业狂人,在如何吸引众多牛人打造一家企业方面,他也是一位先行者。如今,他正在运用同样这些的聪明才智和技能,解决世界所面临的一些最大问题。

3.什么技术领域最让你兴奋?

我对市场动态和趋势很感兴趣。Etsy、Airbnb、Uber和Thumbtack都是使用网络效应,打造可持续业务的新兴企业。这对Eventbrite意义重大,我们正在打造一个活动市场。

作为一名消费者,电动汽车市场的兴起令我惊叹。一个汽车不再使用化石燃料的世界不再遥不可见,让我感到振奋。

4.每位领导人都应具备的一项素质是什么?

谦虚。

5.你还崇拜其他哪些公司?为什么?

我崇拜很多科技公司并向它们学习,将一些东西移植到Eventbrite上。作为投资人,我能够近距离地看到Airbnb、Pinterest、 Trulia和Yammer等一些伟大公司的兴起。

6.你有什么爱好?

和家人在一起,旅游和冲浪。

    Fortune's annual Brainstorm Tech conference brings together the best and brightest minds in tech innovation. Fortune periodically turns the spotlight on a different conference attendee to offer their personal insight into business, tech, and entrepreneurship.

    As CEO and founder of Eventbrite, Kevin Hartz makes event creation, promotion, and ticket sales a snap for its users. He runs the company with his wife Julia, and Fortune ran a feature earlier this year about the couple. We asked him to answer 10 questions about what he does for fun, his opinion on business school, and the characteristic he believes every leader should possess. Find out how he incorporates his failures and achievements into his business -- as well as the tech tycoon he most admires -- below.

1. What is your greatest achievement?

Building the team that has taken Eventbrite to where we are today. Great companies are built by great teams, and our focus on team performance and culture has been critical to our growth.

2. What business or technology person do you admire most? Why?

Bill Gates -- I read a very impressive biography when I was starting in technology. He was the original startup geek who, in my mind, was a trailblazer in building a company around strong talent. Today, he is applying those same smarts and skills to fix some of the biggest problems in the world.

3. What technology sector excites you most?

I'm intrigued by marketplace dynamics. Etsy, Airbnb, Uber, Thumbtack are all emerging businesses using network effects to build sustainable businesses. This is very relevant to Eventbrite as we are building a marketplace for events.

As a consumer, I'm wowed by the emerging electric car market and am inspired that a world without fossil fuel burning automobiles is in sight.

4. What is one characteristic that every leader should possess?

Humility.

5. What other companies do you admire? Why?

I admire and study many tech companies and graft learnings onto Eventbrite. I've been able to watch closely some great companies emerge as an investor such as Airbnb, Pinterest, Trulia, and Yammer.

6. What do you do for fun?

Spend time with my family, travel, and surf.

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