Tara Lemmey is an American entrepreneur, technology expert and innovation strategist. She was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013 by Fast Company and founded multiple companies in both the private and public sectors, most recently Net Power & Light, a San Francisco-based technology start-up. Its innovative online application, Spin - a collaborative computing platform - lets people interact and learn in a digital space. Lemmey is a frequent participant at the Aspen Institute and has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and U.C. Berkeley. She has been published in Wired, Business Week, and the Harvard Business Review. She is definitely someone worth listening to!

Here are 3 tips from Lemmey about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur:

  1. The power of a great idea. When you have a good idea, you need to go out and ask people about it. Make sure to turn to those who will be your target audience, your customers. Find it out if they like your idea and understand their needs and reactions.

  2. Exercise your risk muscle. Do something that scares you almost every single day – introduce yourself to people you don’t know or sing in public. Every time you take these risks and every time you overcome failure, you get a step closer to become a great entrepreneur.

  3. Develop a contributing team. Look for people who contribute themselves to your company, who give and not take, who are not there for a paycheck but to build and grow a great business.

If you want to get more advice and inspiration from Lemmey, meet her at Aspire's launch event on 14th May!