Persistence, courage and an ability to learn from failure. Those are some of the attributes of entrepreneurs, all traits exhibited by Gist founder and CEO T.A. McCann in 2011. One of Seattle’s most respected entrepreneurs, McCann sold personal contact organizer Gist to RIM in February. The deal marked the end of a 3-year startup voyage for Gist and McCann.
At the University of Washington business plan competition earlier this year, McCann drew on his experience as a sailor to impart words of wisdom to the budding entrepreneurs in the room.
“You have to be incredibly persistent, and persistent toward a goal that is only yours, said McCann in his keynote address. “A vision that is only yours. A vision where no one can sort of knock you off that goal because you are so passionate about it.”