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Michael Potter

Michael Potter

Adentro, Brookeside group llc, MBP NETWORKS LLC

VP of strategic accounts, founder & CEO, Founder & CEO

Personal Information

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School: San Diego State University

Major: Integrated marketing communications & theater

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Adentro, Brookeside group llc, MBP NETWORKS LLC

Title: VP of strategic accounts, founder & CEO, Founder & CEO

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Create a playbook and repeatable revenue growth model for early stage startups and companies within Atomic VCs portfolio.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Starting my own company and being able to leverage my personal network to help young founders achieve their vision by cutting their learning curb and avoiding early leadership and scale mistakes.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

A foundation and launch point for understanding what separates an entrepreneur, founder and employee; along with the experience to choose the best path confidently.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

"Qualifications can be overrated, do not let fear or intimidation of not having the right credentials or background stop you. Dive in and start learning. You will close the gap faster than you ever imagined by showing up and starting each day with a positive attitude. Always ask for referrals, reviews and look locally first to leverage a network growth effect and urgency in a new market. Always be prospecting and creating pipeline for 3-6 months out."

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

There was a lady that hated her HOA and demanded we paint her house purple with yellow eaves and pink accents. She was a boss and so fun to work with!

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

A no is just one step closer to the next yes when cold calling.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

I have stayed in contact with quite a few peers from my group. Unfortunately moving back to the Bay Area made these harder to leverage but we are very much in touch and always cheering each other on and cheering each other up through difficult times because of our shared CWP experience.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

critical winning preparedness

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

You will not be the best employee everyday, you will not be the best producer every day, you will not be the best manager everyday and you certainly will not be the best leader every day. But if you are even one of these, once a week and show up every day for your team, you will be the best entrepreneur you can be before you graduate. That is a great start to your career and life!

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

CWPs ability to uncover and develop industry agnostic skills and mindsets are valuable to any company regardless of vertical or industry. A year building a network, team, sales funnel, operational strategy and owning your teams unit financials is more attractive to the type of positions you will want to grow into and give you a leg up on anyone who is just been making copies, observing full time employees but not actually owning the work or end results. As someone who hires and scales startup companies from the ground up across many industries. I would hire someone from CWP before I hire most MBA graduates with less than 1 year of real work experience.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

If you know how to work hard, are plagued with innate curiosity and willing to step out of your comfort zone to learn what you know you do not know about the world - you are rare indeed and should shoot for the moon.

Last words of wisdom

Paint and prosper folks.