The Future of Building Creative Companies

// Jenny Lawton
Vice President of Bolster
1hr 25min
August 11, 2022
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Dive into the future of building creative companies

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Jenny Lawton is the Executive Vice President of Bolster, a marketplace to connect high-growth companies with executive talent. Previously, Jenny was the Chief Innovation Officer and COO of Techstars, she was also the CEO of MakerBot Industries, a global leader in desktop 3D printing.

Key Moments

In this episode, learn what it takes to navigate the process of an acquisition, when to sell your company, why self-care is critical in leadership, how to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem, why having a mentor is essential, and more. 


Here's the timestamps for the episode.

(00:30) - Introduction

(02:00) - Early years as a young mother and entrepreneur

(16:14) - Selling a business and the acquisition process

(26:45) - Pitfalls and tough times

(39:00) - Makerbot Industries

(47:00) - Challenges of going public

(49:45) - Transitioning to LittleBits

(51:57) - Bringing structure to innovative disruption

(54:50) - Creating entrepreneurial ecosystems in cities

(1:05:09) - What is Bolster? 

(1:08) - Importance of having a mentor


- Bolster: https://bolster.com/ 

- Makerbot: https://www.makerbot.com/

📚 Book Recommendations

- The Third Wave by Steve Case: https://www.amazon.com/Third-Wave-Entrepreneurs-Vision-Future/dp/1501132598

- Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark Winters: ​​https://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Fuel-Essential-Combination-Business/dp/1942952317

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