Advice From an Entrepreneur: Ken Wardle–Jet Capital

Advice From an Entrepreneur: Ken Wardle–Jet Capital

A group of entrepreneurs spoke recently to students at the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. This series will highlight their best advice for those interested in starting their own businesses.

Ken Wardle

Jet Capital was founded by a group of experienced small business owners and startup veterans on a mission to empower entrepreneurs with access to small business funding solutions that meet their unique needs.

  • When I was in graduate school, I wrote an business plan for a class to create a subprime auto lending company. Eventually three friends and I got together and started a company. After selling that, I’m working with another start up on a business-to-business online lending platform.
  • I knew before I started the business that I needed to be ready for lean times. So my wife and saved money to get ready for lean times.
  • You really have to have the confidence to take a big swing. And working on a team helps. Sometimes the person you least expect can come up with great ideas.
  • Talk to your parents’ friends about internships. Make connections wherever you can.
  • Because of all the experience I’ve had in every part of business, I’m not highly specialized like my former coworkers. For instance, I knew one person who was in charge of one spreadsheet. She was a VP, but a VP of one spreadsheet. I know every part of the business so my resume looks better than many of my peers.
  • People often ask me if I would do it again. Absolutely.

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