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All About Default Mentors

by Larry Chiang on May 12, 2012

By Larry Chiang

Default mentors are the fourth category of mentors

Superstar mentor Cohort mentor Junior mentor Default mentor.

I talk about mentorship in my book on video’s chapter 5. It’s free here

Default mentors is something I tweet about

Larry Chiang ✰ (@LarryChiang) 5/12/12 11:58 AM I know what my default mentor is trying to teach. It’s out of good intention, but it’s wrong

In this case it was a VC giving me feedback that my events were too engineer focused and too long-term. (This fund is in danger of imploding so they are needing a Zynga / Facebook / LinkedIn / Duck9 / NetSuite IPO NOW.


It’s cray cray to do a cs major lead gen program to find legendary founders you can harvest right now. My default mentor wants me to get them Names and Numbers Now.

I’m going to stay the course and listen to my superstar mentor. I’m doing something that I am head and shoulders above. I am generating leads of engineers who don’t want to be founders so that they might be founders in 12-20 years so I can fund them in 9-25 years

My superstar mentor thinks I’m a genius try-hard.

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