Vancouver Summit Preview

Nanon de Gaspé de Beaubien-Mattrick

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick is a featured Speaker at our upcoming Corporate State: Vancouver summit on May 1, 2012.  Nanon is the Founder and President of Beehive Holdings Inc., a newly-formed business incubator that invests in and helps accelerate the growth of local, women-owned, early-stage businesses. Prior to that, Nanon was Sr. Vice President of Telemedia Corporation for 10 years. In addition, Nanon currently serves as a Director on the following Boards: UBC/VGH Hospital Foundation, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), and a foundation dedicated to resolving North America’s water crisis.

Nanon reaches into new territories by investing only in things she’s truly passionate about.  “My business philosophy is that life is short—so enjoy what you do.”  For Nanon, being an entrepreneur is a way of life.  “I’m the 13th generation of entrepreneurs—we’ve already made all the mistakes.  So when I invest in a business, I look for someone who is really passionate about their idea—who eats, dreams, and sleeps it.”  According to her, while a lot of women have a great idea, it’s really all about the implementation and the team.

As she helps young women entrepreneurs take their lives in new directions, Nanon has 10 simple rules to help them get from great idea to successful execution. What may seem like common sense is, according to Nanon, not so common.

  • Plan your growth
  • Stay abreast of changes
  • Find the best people to work with
  • Have a board of advisors who bring knowledge that you might not have
  • Sell a need that can be differentiated from everything else—not a want
  • Know your bottom line—and how your idea will make money
  • Figure out how you’re going to add value
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses
  • Build a culture of caring and growth
  • And, most important, stay focused

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