603. Get Rejected All The Way to the Top – with Kim Perell

If you aren’t getting rejected constantly, you are not asking enough questions. We usually think of rejection as a bad thing, but it’s a good thing—it’s how you know you’re moving forward, how you get out into the world, and how you grow stronger. Kim Perell has so much wisdom and has changed my life already. She’s going to show us how we can execute on our dreams, tell us it’s possible to achieve them, and share with us the steps to get there.


Question Highlights:

  • What’s been true for you as an entrepreneur in order to achieve success?
  • What should people implement first when they have a great idea?
  • Do you still have a mentor?
  • What do you do if you don’t have an audience before building a product?
  • Where do you go when you know who you want to get advice from but you don’t have something to offer them?
  • What’s the vision that’s exciting you right now?


Guest Bio:

Kim Perell is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and bestselling author, who has made headlines for her transformative story of a startup entrepreneur to leading tech CEO and prominent angel investor.  

Laid off at her first job out of college at an internet startup that went bankrupt, Kim began her journey as an entrepreneur from her kitchen table and grew the company to over $100 million in annual revenue.  Kim went from broke and unemployed to selling her first company and becoming a multi-millionaire by the time she was 30 and selling her last company for $235 million.

A great believer in paying it forward, Kim’s passion is to help others achieve success.   Kim is an early-stage investor in over 80 start-ups, 16 of which have successfully been acquired by some of the largest Fortune 500 companies.  Kim’s first book, The Execution Factor, The One Skill That Drives Success, is a national bestseller, designed to help others achieve success in business and life by mastering execution. 

Kim’s achievements as an entrepreneur have been widely recognized.  She has been named one of AdAge’s Marketing Technology Trailblazers, Business Insider’s Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising, is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Female Executives. Kim has been profiled by The New York Times, Forbes, CNN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post.

Kim has been featured on CNBC, Fox Business, MSNBC, hosted Good Morning America’s Side Hustle Showdown, a week-long competition for aspiring entrepreneurs to win capital for their side hustles, and was a guest on Good Morning America’s Kidventors special featuring kid inventors under 13 years old with their inventions.  Kim regularly appears as a judge on  Entrepreneur Magazine’s Elevator Pitch series, where entrepreneurs have 60 seconds to pitch a business idea to a boardroom of investors. 

Kim graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. An avid traveler (more than 70 countries visited), she and her husband live in San Diego, California, with their two sets of twins.