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Glympse CEO Bryan Trussel is not a serial entrepreneur, and that’s one of the reasons his talk at GeekWire Startup Day was so noteworthy.

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Glympse CEO Bryan Trussel

Before co-founding the location technology startup he spent 16 years at Microsoft. So he made the journey from big company to startup, which is exactly the path that many of the people in the audience would be taking.

So it was appropriate that he started by explaining the reasons not to do a startup, before moving on to some of the lessons he’s learned along the way — including the importance of listening to customer feedback, and also ignoring elements of that feedback.

“As a leader of a company with a vision, you’ve got to have some confidence in yourself about your insights and where things are going to be in the future,” he explains.

Watch the full video of Trussel’s talk above, and check out more videos from Startup Day here.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported GeekWire Startup Day. We’ll have more highlights from the talks in the days ahead.

[Photo by Eugene Hsu]

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