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Manuel Harnisch

Product Management, Business Development

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Background

Startup Experience

First time founder

About Manuel

I've done one successful start-up as a major contributor, both in a very technical role as well as a very sales driven role (transitioned from pure technical to more sales over 5+ years). I know what it takes to find and win customers. I also know how to build and scale a team, having run 50+ people teams.
I have a self-taught finance background, I've looked over more term sheets in the past than I can recount and taught myself the ins and outs of accounting.
I am ready to roll up my sleeves and help launch the next potentially life changing company; I dream big, but I am also a realist.
I can code enough to get stuff done, but I am not a programmer / developer by any stretch. I can see the big picture though and have been able to successfully influence others without direct authority to get the results that made the most sense.
If you have a great idea but no sales acumen, I can help.
If you need someone that is business savvy and hungry for success, you probably need me.
If you need someone that can be in the weeds early on and then transition responsibility out as the team grows, I am the right person.
Finally, too many early stage founders think they already have a business, that's a fallacy. A great idea doesn't equal a business, it takes a lot to really get something of the ground, but it is an invigorating process.
If you don't feel sick to your stomach with fear and excitement at the same time, and aren't willing to embrace those feelings for a good while, you aren't ready.

If you are, I look forward to a future conversation!

Education

Drexel University

B.S. Information Systems

2008 - 2008

Co-working Space

District Hall

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