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Entrepreneur Confessions: What I Would Do Differently

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content
7 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

There is an adage that life is a hard teacher because, it gives the test first and the lesson afterwards. Yet if they knew then what they know now, many entrepreneurs might opt to sidestep mistakes or try out a different strategy.

Time machines may not exist -- yet! -- but thankfully we can look at the regrets of others to avoid having the same ones ourselves. Brittany Hodak, co-founder of entertainment company ZinePak, recently spoke with three entrepreneurs featured in the Empact Showcase, an annual event held this year at the United Nations that celebrates young founders. These three entrepreneurs were also featured in Entrepreneur's "30 Startups to Watch" list this year.

Related: Young Millionaires: How These Entrepreneurs Under 30 Are Changing the World

In a roundtable discussion, the group looked back and shared what they would change if they could get a do-over with their companies. They might choose to be a bit less secretive or perhaps ask different questions.  

Now that they have the benefit of hindsight and experience, watch this short video to learn what Jesse Lear of V.I.P. Waste Services, Jonathon Nostrant of ivee and Grace Ng of Javelin regret doing (or not doing) during their companies’ infancies. Hearing their missteps may stop you from making the same mistakes.

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