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Priming the Mentor Mentee Firehose

by Larry Chiang on October 4, 2013

By Larry Chiang

I’ve delved deep into the topic of mentee’s and mentors. This column assumes you’ve read

– “How to Charm a VC to Mentor You”

– “9 Mistakes Mentee’s Make”

– “How to get mentored by an industry leader you don’t know”

Priming a pump involves pouring in water in to get water pumping. If you’ve never primed a pump… Imagine coming up to a well when you’re starved for water. You and your co-founders see a sign that says: “Pour this fresh water in”

“It primes the pump”.

Remember: You and your cofounders are parched. Do you drink the water? Or prime the pump [pumps do not just pump. They’re dry and you need to wet it down so there is WATER IN. WATER OUT] Do you drink the water? Or prime the pump??

Good news: 95++ % of young founders sit talk and analyze.

Good news: 90++% of founders squander the water and also do not prime the pump.

How did I make millionaire while I was an undergrad? I primed the mentor mentee pump and executed the Firehose of advice that poured forth. You know my story. Here are other stories that you’ve seen but did not put the structure of MMPPI to (mentor mentions per press interview).

Here are the stories you know BUT DON’T KNOW!!!

Ratatouille. Steve Jobs made a movie about a rat mouse that cooked French gourmet food. WHAT THE F*CK. Yes, Remmy the rat primed the mentor mentee pump by learning and reading his mentor so well.

Plot spoiler: the rat ends up taking over his mentor’s LEGENDARY franchise “auguste GUSTEAU’S”. Anton Gusteau mentors Remmy the rat from the grave because Remmy memorized his mentors book.

CARS. Lightning McQueen wins the race in reverse because he listened to his co-hort mentor: “Mater”. Owen Wilson’s race car persona couldn’t win until he started to get mentored. There is a mentor at every career inflection point. Doc Hudson. A race car from the 50s, Doc Hudson, from Pixar movie CARS, beat Lightning McQueen in a race.



if you’re a 19 year old undergrad engineering tech major female,

I digress. My next example, you’ll have to work your brain and your DVD collection of your little brother/sister HOMEWORK: How does applied mentorship work in MONSTER INC AND MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. Email your ten bullet pointed answer to if you want me as your mentor because you’re pattern replicating Sulley and Mike Wisowski. ENGR145’s Anchor Concept: Lemonade and Gua Gua Guacamole It moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve Also, you should have the Firehose of mentorship literally ATC you. (Air Traffic Control). I call it a hashtag #LCATC (yes, it’s a blog post). Yes it’s in Austin Startup. No I won’t link to it Yes, this is me at SXSW I’m still CEO of Duck9, bitch!! Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence, Emeritus Duck9 = “Deep Underground Credit Knowledge” 9 125 University Avenue/ 100 Palo Alto CA 94301 650-566-9600 650-566-9696 (direct) 650-283-8008 (cell) **************** Editor of the BusinessWeek Channel “What They Don’t Teach at Business School” CNN Video Channel: Read my last 10 tweets at Author, NY Times Bestseller “What They Will NEVER Teach You at Stanford Business School” comes out 11-11-14 52 Cards. Two Jokers. What They DO Teach You at Stanford Engineering Emergency swings and cutting deals as an 9 year old

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