I had the great opportunity to interview Jason Kraus and Steve Vilkas of Prepare4VC, an organization that aims to provide resources, mentorship, and accelerator programs for startup founders and entrepreneurs. Their purpose is to prepare Startups to be Angel Investor and VC ready. Their Oasis has provided an amazing space of care for founders.
AMY OUZOONIAN: Thank you Jason and Steve for taking the time to meet with me and for doing this interview for MoodConnect. How are you feeling?
JASON KRAUS: I'm feeling good, thanks for asking! Looking forward to the interview.
STEVE VILKAS: I’m feeling good!
AO: Good to hear! So, Jason and Steve, I never saw myself as an entrepreneur until last year, though I've always had a spirit of community and have been an independent contractor for many years. I have wondered if entrepreneurs develop their entrepreneurial spirit or if that's something that develops over time. What has your experience been? Have you always had an entrepreneurial spirit? Or was it something that you've developed over time?
JK: I always had the entrepreneurial spirit but didn't always envision starting a company. In middle school I started selling baseball cards, I always made up games to play with friends and family growing up and I worked on launching a mobile app in college. It was the opportunities and problems I could solve that lead me to jump feet first into the company creation side of entrepreneurship.
SV: It’s developed over time. I would say that I’ve always been curious, I’ve always loved to learn and am still in the process of doing both…and now as an intrapreneur there’s lots of opportunities to satisfy serving others and self-development. AO: Interesting. So, what is Prepare4VC and who does it serve?