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Aaron Patzer is My Mentor

by Larry Chiang on June 6, 2012

By Larry Chiang

I like mentorship a lot. It’s chapter 5 of my book

Larry Chiang ✰ (@LarryChiang) 6/6/12 8:53 AM Aaron Patzer. mimicking. Mentorship. Shirtless. Degrees of following

First you observe it Then you test it Then you get great results Then you thank your mentor Maybe you later teach it

This is exactly what I did with my other mentor Mark McCormack.

Back to Aaron Patzer… A live action case study of this is taking off your shirt.

First, Aaron Patzer took off his shirt at sxsw.

Aaron Patzer’s Facebook profile pic. Shirtless.

After observing for a long long while…

I warily went to STEP TWO: I tested it at Yoga.


Next, I’ll be shirtless at the Guardsman Bachelor Auction.

Keys to this ‘Stanford Engineering Live Action Case Study’

– Just mimic and play while you’re learning

– Don’t go above and beyond. Your mentor recommends going shirtless. Don’t be too enthused and go pants-less at Opal Financial Group Public Funds Summit East, Venture Alpha or ‘Larry Chiang Startup Academy’.


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