Eric Koester (this week’s live chat host — RSVP here) is not your average serial entrepreneur. Named Tech Hire of the year in 2010 and 40 Under 40 in D.C. in 2011, he’s been on all sides of the startup world — and he’s just getting started.
Since then, he’s raised money from some of the world’s most renowned investors. Think Kleiner Perkins, Ashton Kutcher, Meg Whitman, SV Angel and Marc Ecko. Zaarly nabbed a spot on Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” list just last year.
Meanwhile, it’s facilitated millions of dollars in peer-to-peer transactions every month, across more than 200 U.S. cities.
Success aside, Eric just can’t resist the startup bug — and his baby, Zaarly, is all grown up. Or at least, it’s ready to thrive without him (which means he’s done a pretty good job, we’d say):
“As a founder on the outside looking in, you sometimes have to check yourself still – because while it’s still your baby, there are amazing people now helping that baby grow up. I swell with pride when my cofounders or friends at the company share their accomplishments and challenges. It’s great and always will be,” he wrote recently on his blog.
“Turns out there is no playbook for this founder journey.”
As a “reformed” lawyer, prolific writer/blogger/author (he penned the Green Entrepreneur Handbook and What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High-Tech Business Venture), mentor and volunteer, Eric’s journey is just getting underway.
Got questions about Startup Weekend? Vetting your latest and greatest startup idea? (Warning: brutal honesty enclosed!) About the latest trends in tech? About the ins and outs of raising capital? Or just want to know what’s next for Eric and for Zaarly? Then tune in this Thursday, March 14th at 3 p.m. EST for an hour-long #StartupLab live chat with Eric, presented by Citi.