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I was working at a large hedge fund in Boston that shut down at the outset of the credit crisis in 2007. Instead of transitioning to another fund, I decided that this period of turbulence in my life was actually an ideal time to pursue something entrepreneurial. I was 26 at the time and had built enough savings to bootstrap the business for the first year before raising outside capital.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

The most important lesson I learned from launching my first company was to trust my instincts, especially as they apply to people. Building a team is no easy task, but working with people you get along with well goes a long way when you're trying to build a business.  

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

My character onscreen (The Social Network) is nothing like me in person. Personality-wise, I'm much more laid back in person. You'll have to ask people who know me in real life to get their assessment, but the differences are fairly obvious. That said, it was certainly an entertaining film. I highly recommend it! 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I would recommend aspiring entrepreneurs to get as much trusted feedback as possible, and not be discouraged by negative feedback. You’re much better off understanding and quantifying the demand for a new product or service earlier rather than later in the lifecycle of your business. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

If you’re referring to the start-up ecosystem in NYC, I think it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a solid community and it’s nice to see NYC embrace technology. On the other hand, it does make finding engineers that much more difficult given how many venture-backed companies are chasing the same talent.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

In college you get exposed to a wide variety of things that aren’t necessarily related to your career, and that’s one of the best things about it. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

One of the things I regret is not taking music theory. Now I play the guitar and wish I had taken music theory then. But beyond that, the social growth that occurs in college is hard to replicate outside of that setting. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I honestly don’t think that much outside of my current business. But the first thing that comes to mind is the huge amount of noise out there. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I joined Facebook in 2008. In 2008, we signed a settlement agreement with Facebook which has been highly publicised. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I worked at a $3.5 billion hedge fund from 2006-2007 and realized both the conflicts of interest inherent to sell-side research as well as the challenges buy-side professionals faced in sharing their own proprietary ideas. At the same time, social media was exploding around the world, but the financial industry was somewhat slow to adopt Web 2.0, leaving me an opportunity to build something unique that I felt would add a lot of value and transparency for professional investors.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

It is a rocky settlement, but the one thing which kept annoying me was that all my friends were on Facebook 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I would hope that as SumZero grows, more and more investors see the benefits of buy-side research. I think you're right in that this is a revolutionary concept, but making it happen is a challenge to say the least. 

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

I determined that a JD-MBA was the best way to gain practical business skills and a legal foundation that would help me as an entrepreneur. Northwestern University’s JD-MBA program was the perfect fit for me, given its selectivity, location in Chicago, and accelerated three-year time frame.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

Though some analysts are averse to sharing ideas, many are very open to it and value the feedback from fellow peers who are experts in valuing companies

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

We've found that the larger the SumZero community has become, the more open analysts have become open to joining.

Divya Narendra (American Businessman)

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