Justin Wohlstadter

Wonder Founder & CEO

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Is Micromanagement Always Bad?

Having a vision for the long run and knowing what you want to accomplish on a macro level and what every team is supposed to be doing is extremely important. But if you stay at…

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Do You Need a College Education to Succeed?

I think a college education helps. I think it provides you with a great foundation to think. I think the more exposure you get to more things, the more diversity of creativity and of thought…

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Do You Have Any Tips for Managing Millennials?

I think millennials want to have an impact more than any previous generation, as far as I can tell. And I think, really allowing them to sink their teeth into a great problem, and giving…

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What Is a Unique Challenge Faced by Women Entrepreneurs?

I have seen in interviews, and I think in day-to-day interactions, and perhaps with my own fiancé, I think there are many more confidence issues which are totally unwarranted. I think some of if not…

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How Do You Make Meetings More Effective?

Always send notes ahead of time. For our board meetings, I try and send out an agenda, try and send out as much preparatory material as possible. Keeping meetings small is very critical. Often, meetings…

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What's Your Power Food?

I love eggs. I would eat eggs three meals a day if I could. Salmon, maybe salmon, too. Eggs and salmon, great combination.

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Can They Be Made?

I guess I lean towards entrepreneurs are born that way, simply because I think a lot of the most important characteristics have to do with your own ability to manage your energy levels on a…

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

I think a friend of mine used to—Who I worked with, used to tell me—We used to have a great day, and he would come into my office and he would say, "You know, look,…

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What Do You Look for in a Job Candidate?

I like to say that we've survived long enough now that we kind of had at least two startups in one where we learned a lot of lessons the first time around. I made so…

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What Happened to You as a Child That Changed Your Life?

My dad took me to some sort of a business conference that he was attending to kind of see what it was like. And at the time, I was starting to get interested in web…

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How Do You Write an Email That Actually Gets Read?

I think brevity is very important. I try and keep things brief, to the point. Bolded where necessary. Bullets, optimally. Taking a stab at something multiple times to really get it down to something that…

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How Do You Come up With Your Best Ideas?

In the shower. Yeah, I shower more than I need to. I find that that time is a great time to just not be attached to anything and just to think. So I love my…

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What Was the Worst Advice Someone Gave You?

I try and get a lot of inputs from a lot of people on any given problem or topic that we're worried about. And I think it's the synthesis of that advice from multiple people…

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What's the Hardest Part About Being a CEO?

Everyone talks about the start-up roller coaster, right? You kind of go through these ups and downs everyday. One day you win a sale or you get a huge investment, and another day, someone you…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

Your inbox is a to-do list for other people. A to-do list where other people put things on your to-do list. Internalizing the fact that it's this to-do list of yours that people can add…

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What’s the Most Surprising Thing About Being a CEO?

The people, the people aspect. You think, at least from my perspective, that you're going to be working on products and technology and innovating, and in reality it's all about getting people excited and energized…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

I think the way that I get the most out of my time during the day is by thinking about the day in blocks of energy. So, when am I most energized? When am I…

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What Advice Would You Give a First-Time Manager?

I think, obviously, it's very critical to listen. I think it's very critical to understand what motivates them. I think, giving someone enough rope to figure it out and to learn and to make mistakes.…

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What’s the Biggest Mistake When Raising Money?

I mean, I think it really depends on the stage of investment. I think in the early stages, the biggest mistake people is that they're so focused on what they are raising and who they…

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How Do You Keep Morale up Through Tough Times?

I think one of the most important things is you have to come to work every day with a smile on your face. You have to think about all parts of the business on a day-to-day.…

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How Do You Find a Mentor?

It's always better to play with people who are better than you, right? Because you get better, right? And so just like in sports, I think the same is true in the world of business.…

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What’s the Most Effective Way to Pitch Your Idea?

Pitching is very much around understanding peoples' motivations. Right, why are they in the room? What do they care most about? And how do you take what they want and translate it into what you…

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"Director of Product Design for Divide which was acquired by Google"

Justin is the Founder and CEO of Wonder, an on-demand research service that provides access to the intellect and fact-finding skills of a distributed network of analysts around the world.

Before founding Wonder, Justin served as the Director of Product Design for Divide (acquired by Google) out of their New York, Hong Kong, and London offices. Prior to that, Justin co-founded BOLDstart Ventures, where he led or co-led investments in Divide, GoInstant (acquired by Salesforce), Klout (acquired by Lithium), Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn), Blaze (acquired by Akamai), ThinkNear (acquired by Telenav), IndieGoGo, and Yipit, among others. Justin attended Harvard University and Oxford University, writing his master's dissertation on how the Internet will affect access to higher education.

Justin attended Harvard University and Oxford University, writing his master's dissertation on how the Internet will affect access to higher education.