3 1/2 questions for Avi Stopper

CaptainU CEO’s Avi Stopper is equal parts coach, competitor and talent scout rolled into one startup executive. Get straight ahead advice from Stopper at Denver Startup Week‘s CEO Office Hours.

1. What question about startups do you get asked most often by founders?

How do I raise money?

2. What question do you actually wish founders would ask?

How do I manage risk? How do I build products that people love and are willing to pay for? How do I make huge progress with limited resources?

3. What’s missing from the Denver startup scene to support founders?

We moved the CaptainU HQ from Chicago to Denver about 8 months ago. In Chicago, there are a few incredible catalysts that have brought the startup scene together — Excelerate, 1871, which is run by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (one of CaptainU’s early backers), and BuiltinChicago. With Galvanize and BuiltinDenver, hopefully we’ll have that catalyst in Denver.

3.5 Why?

There’s a sense in Chicago that a rising tide lifts all boats. It’s easy to find people who have been there and done what you’re trying to do. And generally folks make themselves very available. I advised lots of startups in Chicago and similarly got lots of advice from folks who have a lot more experience than I do. I’d love to see more cross-pollination like that in Denver.