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Sascha Mornell is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of GetMyBoat, a boat rental and water experience marketplace that is often referred to as the “Airbnb of boats.” Prior to launching GetMyBoat in 2013, Sascha was the co-founder and Chairman of Phacil, an award winning technology services federal government contractor.  His entrepreneurial journey began as the first employee and SVP of Marketing at Register.com which had an $800 million dollar IPO two years after he joined.  Sascha got a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley – and after graduating got a one-way ticket to London to work as a bartender.  Eventually he ended up in Tokyo and hustled his way into a job working at Dreyer’s ice cream. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How GetMyBoat got started (35:28)
  • What the reality is to work at a tech startup (no fantasies) (38:05)
  • What are the pros and cons of taking money from venture capital investors (41:38)
  • What are the key milestones in a startup’s life (44:27)
  • How Sascha ended up in London bartending after college (47:45)
  • What his time in Tokyo was like working for Dreyer’s ice cream (51:18)
  • What Sasha did when he realized his dream job wasn’t actually his dream job (57:51)
  • How he bounced back after he quit his NBA “dream job” (1:00:15)
  • How Sascha found his business partner (1:03:40)

 

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